The Rotary Club of Destin is busy getting ready for its sixth annual Cajun Crawfish Bash on Friday, May 4, at the new Seascape Towne Centre.
The club is partnering with Mezcal Mexican Grill and the Destin Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for local charities including Food for Thought, Harvest House, the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and the Rotary Club of Destin Scholarship Fund.
According to former Rotary Club president Todd Wilkinson, the club has been planning the crawfish boil since last fall.
“There’s going to be a band called Fais Do-Do playing traditional Creole music,” Wilkinson said. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.”
The music played by Fais Do-Do is a genre called “zydeco,” which is a blend of blues, jazz, soul, rap, reggae, rock and more.
Fresh crawfish from the Louisiana bayou, corn, sausage and potatoes will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. along with hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken for those who’d rather skip the mudbugs.
The Rotary Club of Destin started the fundraiser six years ago when one of their members held a crawfish boil for his clients. The club then decided it would be a good way to raise funds for local charities.
"We're looking forward to working with the Destin Chamber of Commerce to make a difference in our community," said Rotary Club president Alan Jowers.
The Destin Chamber of Commerce will be registering participants for the Bayou, Bay and Beach 5k and 10k, as well as handing out packets to runners who have already signed up for the race. The eighth annual run will be held the following day on May 5 at Clement Taylor Park off Calhoun Avenue.
Shane Moody, the president and CEO of the Destin Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club, said that the packet pickup provides an avenue of entertainment for race runners.
"We have 50 to 60 people from out of town who are participating in the Bayou, Bay and Beach 5k and 10k, so picking up packets at the crawfish boil will be a great source of entertainment and food," Moody said.
Adult tickets for the crawfish boil are $30 and kids ages 4-11 are $10. Children 3 and under are free.