The seventh annual Crawfish Boil benefitting the Pike Road Patriot Fund will be held on May 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Waters community off Marler Road.
Up to 3,000 people are expected at the popular spring event in growing Pike Road, Boil organizer Richard White said.
“We have been blessed for the event to get bigger and bigger pretty much every year,” he said. “Proceeds go to the Pike Road Patriot Fund, which is set up to help the students and the school of Pike Road with the arts and athletics. If a student or a team or a department within the school needs some extra financial help with sports or the arts, we try and help out. Over the years we have helped with field trips, football, volleyball and other activities.”
More than $13,000 gained from the event has been given to help Pike Road students or the school, White said.
The crawfish part of the gathering means about 3,500 pounds of crawfish, with potatoes, corn, and sausage, will be cooked. The crawfish are just one item on the day’s menu. “The only thing we charge extra for are hamburgers and hot dogs and cokes and sprites and Nancy’s Italian Ice,” White said. “We provide free water. If you are at least legal drinking age, then you can bring your own alcoholic beverages. Also, bring a tent and chairs if you like.”
The cost is $30 the day of the event, and $25 if a ticket is purchased early. Children age 10 and under are free, and ages 10-18 are $10. Pike Road teachers will be admitted for free, and military and first responders will receive discounted tickets, White said.
The Boil can be found on Facebook.
The tasty crawfish come from Louisiana, and a Mobile company handles the cooking, White said.
Tunes will be provided throughout the day by several bands, including the Parker Allen Band, Soft Landing, the Pioneer Chicken Stand Band, and the Brandon Self Band.
“It is truly a family-friendly event that has a great purpose to it. We try to help those students in need and help the art and athletic departments if they need some help,” White said. “It is a community effort and we are blessed and humbled to have as much success as we have had. That is a credit to the sponsors who help us out and the people who come to the event. Without them, it would be very tough to have it.”
Activities for the children include face painting, a magician, balloon tying, a rock wall, and the Big Green Bus.
Recruiters for the Marines and Coast Guard also will be on hand, White said.
“I would also like to thank our committee who unselfishly help put this event on, including Brantley Leverette, Michael Bradsher, Kevin Hill and Meredith Marshall,” White added.