2013 Festival Info

Crawfish Festival Raises $31,000 for Gillis

Metropolitan Kansas City’s leading Cajun party, the Village Crawfish Festival, raised $31,000 for Gillis at its 12th annual event last month

Gills Board members accept the Crawdaddies $31,000 check
Gills Board members accept the Crawdaddies $31,000 check .

Prairie Village, KS - infoZine - The fundraising total again topped all previous annual totals and exceeded $100,000 in money raised over the festival’s history. The money went to Gillis to help with its mission of advocacy for at-risk families and children.

Karli Ritter, WDAF meteorologist, 12th Annual Village Crawfish Queen. Photo courtesy of Lyndsie O Coon
Karli Ritter, WDAF meteorologist, 12th Annual Village Crawfish Queen.
Photo courtesy of Lyndsie O Coon

The event had a new location this year at St. Pius X Church in Mission, KS. Good weather, music by The Clementines and Ernest James Zydeco, 1,000 pounds each of crawfish and barbecue made the night a record setter.

“Being in a new venue this year got us out of our comfort zone,” says Steve Coon, one of VCF’s founders. “We couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We raised a lot of money, and I think everyone had a great time.”

Karli Ritter, WDAF meteorologist, served as queen of this year’s festival. She’s a Florida native and spent time in Alabama, so she was versed on the time honored tradition of the crawfish festival queen. In addition, she shared the master of ceremony duties.

Planning is already started for next year’s event. Cajun party lovers can follow Village Crawfish Festival on Facebook link, Twitter link or check out the Crawdaddies' website at www.crawdaddies.org link and sign up for e-mail alerts.

The festival’s organizers, The Secret Order of the Crawdaddies, would like to thank the 2013 sponsors:

2013 t-shirt

Gold Sponsor

Weston Brewing Company

Silver Sponsors

Kansas City Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kansas City Veterinary Clinic, Rimann Liquors, Seaboard Foods, Lathrop and Gage LLP, Kansas City Sealife Aquarium, Overland Park Heating and Cooling, eFinance Support, Labconco

Bronze Sponsors

Bledsoe’s Rentals, BRGR Kitchen and Bar, Eastside Westside Markets, Ernest James Zydeco, Farm to Market Bread Company, Cargill, Triumph Foods, KC Servers, 71 South, Hendrick Toyota, Farmland, Meat Processing Systems, Bourgeois Pig Wine, The Clementines, McGonigle’s Market, Industries, Inc., Bluescope Steel, Cosentino’s Price Chopper, and Cassidy Turley

Copper Sponsors

Poco's on the Blvd, Jon Russell’s Kansas City Barbecue, Neighbors Construction, Edward Jones, Artwork by Patrick Sanders

Media Sponsors

Alice 102, infoZine®