Crawdad Days Opens for Start of Epic Festival



by Shannon Cay


HARRISON, Ark. – Eating ten pounds of crawfish in four minutes isn’t for everyone, but this weekend the family is invited to try to break the Crawdad Days record in Harrison, this weekend.

Crawdad Days is has become a family tradition, keeping people coming back year after year, according to the Chamber of Commerce Chair for the event, Luke Feighert.

This is the 26th year the Harrison Chamber of Commerce has partnered with our sister station 102.9 the Z, for provide music, vendors, and crawdad themed events to the community. Feighert says one big change this year, however, is parking.



Headlining the event is the winner of the latest season of NBC’s The Voice “Barrett Baber”, and joining him will be local favorite’s “The Dan Benton Band”, Billy Dean, and Jason Pritchett.

The festival is expected to see over ten thousand people around the banks of Lake Harrison. 45-hundred pounds of crawfish has been ordered to keep up with the demand, according to Feighert.

Crawdad Day Music Festival kicks off tonight (Wednesday) with the opening of the carnival and will continue through Saturday night.

Below is the tentative Schedule for the 26th Annual Crawdad Days Festival May 2016

Wednesday, May 18th
5:00 PM Carnival Opens (Close at 10 PM)
Thursday, May 19th
5:00 PM Carnival Opens (Close at 10 PM)
Friday, May 20th
11:00 AM Crawfish Sales and Food Vendors Open (Close 10 PM)
Craft and Retail Vendors Open (Close at 6 PM)
Beer Garden Opens (Close at 10 PM)
Music by SRM Productions
5:00 PM The Band NRG
5:00 PM Carnival Opens (Close at 10 PM)
7:00 PM 9N Band
9:00 PM The George Brothers

Saturday, May 21st
8:00 AM NARMC 5K Run/Walk (Soccer Complex)
HFD Fire House
Arkansas Fish & Game Aquarium
Car Show Opens (Ends at 3 PM)
9:00 AM Canoe, Pony, and Helicopter Rides Begin
10:00 AM Food Vendors Open (Close at 10 PM)
Craft and Retail Vendors Open
McDonalds Children’s Stage Opens (Until 5 PM)
Paddle Battle sponsored by Boone County Senior Center
11:30 AM Billy Dean & Jason Pritchett sponsored by 102.9 The Z
Beer Garden Opens (Close at 10 PM)
11:30 AM Crawdad Days Eating Contest
1:00 PM Carnival Opens (Close at 10 PM)
2:00 PM NPR-National Park Radio
3:00 PM Rubber Duck Race sponsored by Independent Living
3:30 PM Car Show & Paddle Battle Winners Announced
4:00 PM The Brothers Roberson
6:00 PM The Dan Benton Band
8:00 PM Barrett Baber sponsored by Clay Maxey Ford


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