Crawdad Festival draws crowd to Lakeside


The Lakeside Crawdad Festival, which was held over the weekend, shows promise as a big draw for Oregon Coast tourism.

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10,000 people made their way to the coast this weekend for the second annual Lakeside Crawdad Festival, an event organizers hope will continue to grow.

The festival, which saw hundreds of attendees in its inaugural season, featured crawdads flown in from Louisiana.

In just its second year, Lakeside Mayor Rod Shilling couldn’t believe what a success the three-day festival turned out to be. He didn’t anticipate it, either. By 3 p.m. Saturday, organizers had run out of the bottom feeders. That’s 1,200 pounds of Louisiana crawdads sold in less than a day…

It wasn’t just about food, though. Bands played past dark, while kids rode carnival rides and local nonprofits promoted their causes. The Lakeside Fire Department set up a barbecued oyster stand, which made $1,500 in profit toward uniforms and other necessities.

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