STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Folks in Starkville prepared their boilers as the Main Street Association hosted its first major event since the pandemic began with its annual King Cotton Crawfish Boil.
“It’s like a taste of Louisiana,” said contestant Jeff Dawkins.
Starkville Main Street Association hosted its first major event since the pandemic began with the King Cotton Crawfish Boil. April 23, 2021.
Contestant Jeff Dawkins shows off his King Cotton Crawfish Boil necklace. April 23, 2021.
Dawkins is participating for the second time in the King Cotton Crawfish Boil competition.
After two years without the event due to rain and the coronavirus, he said he's ready to boil up some mud bugs.
“We’re so happy to be out here. We wanted it so bad last year," he said, "We’re excited to be here.”
The contest reached new heights selling out completely with 500 tickets sold and all 20 team spots filled.
Paige Watson works for the Partnership and helped put the crawfish cookout together.
She explained that the event sold out before starting which has never happened for the crawfish boil.
The group raised over $10K through the event -- the most the Main Street Association has ever made in a single night event.
“It’s pretty surreal," said Watson. "Not only is it the largest and the biggest fundraiser, it’s the first one since Taco Hop last spring so that’s really just kind of huge.”
To feed all 500 hungry mouths, the Main Street Association ordered 2,500 pounds of crawfish, allowing each team three to four bags to cook.
With the crazy year from the pandemic, Dawkins said he's just excited to get out and eat some crawfish.
There were sanitization stations available and all tents were spaced out to keep social distancing.