Lakeside, Oregon might be over 2000 miles from Louisiana, but that doesn’t mean that folks around these parts don’t get a strong hankering for crawdads every now and then. After all, the little town on Ten Mile Lake by Coos Bay can get just as swampy as the south, if maybe not quite as warm. And who doesn’t love a chance to eat a really messy meal every now and then?

Last year, Lakeside locals took their crawdad hankering seriously. Several hundred pounds of crustaceans were ordered from the bayou and one heck of a Cajun-style party commenced. It was such a success that the second annual event is planned for May 7, 8 and 9 of this year. Organizers have upped the ante by summoning over 1600 pounds of fresh crawdads from Louisiana and planning an even bigger party. Proper southern hospitality is in place—everyone’s invited.

The fun kicks off with a crawdad eating contest Friday evening. The three-day festival offers an extensive street fair, Cajun food, a crawfish boil, a wine and beer tent, art and craft vendors, cooking contests and pontoon boat rides on Ten Mile Lake. The Watershed program will offer children a chance to catch and race live crawfish, and The Lakeside Fire Department will host Chicken Bingo. Live music will be performed all weekend by the Hudson Ridge band, Elkhorn Express, The Charlie Freak Band, the Bluegrass Gypsies, Etouffee and more.

Admission is one dollar, and children 15 and under (and all women on Sunday, Mother’s Day) are free. Come on down and Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! For more information see

about author Kim Cooper Findling

Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and became a Central Oregon girl in the mid-90s, taking in the sunny skies and never looking back (except a few wistful glances at the ocean). She is the editor of “Cascade Journal” and the author of “Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Travelers,” "Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir.” Catch her around the state sampling microbrews, hiking river trails, walking beaches, and hanging out with her family.

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  1. Vickie says…

    I live in Washington, but when we want to go to the ocean, the Oregon coast is our first choice. We can’t make it this year, but I have our calendar marked for this event next year. I’ll be checking back in to make sure it happens again next year. This sounds like a blast, I’ll plan on bringing my grandchildren.

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