The marching band and beauty queens were fairly predictable, but a big, hairy gorilla in red panties strolling up the street convinced me that this parade had some real potential! Welcome to the 30th Annual Woodbine, Georgia Crawfish Festival.
We love small-town festivals. They’re so much easier to attend than big city festivals; huge crowds and parking are never a problem, and everything is laid-back and easy going. And while you won’t see big-name entertainers or celebrities, what you will see is charm, and small town living at its best.
Small groups of friends and family gathered to chat, and show off the latest edition to the family – sometimes a cute, new baby, and sometimes a furry puppy. While others caught up on the latest gossip over a steaming plate of “mudbugs,” a bowl of Étouffée, or red beans and rice.
Of course, in addition to the almost 4000 pounds of boiled crustaceans, there were heaps of tasty choices. We noticed a distinct dearth of green vegetables, but none of this slowed the feeding frenzy at the crawfish tent, and on this day there wasn’t a better place on the planet to blow a diet (Deep Fried Oreos? Really!).
And The Ladies’ Club calorie-packed baked goods tent tempted one and all (me included – peanut butter cookies – Oh Yeah!).
We saw grannies on a zip line, dog-sized horses, marshmallow guns, antique tractors, and a darling Disney-style shetland pony whose fairy-tale cuteness drew the kids like a magnet.
So, no matter what size your hometown is, get out and visit the small town festivals around you. Just make sure to have your veggies the night before.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
James & Terri