Print Crawdad Festival splashes into town
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

After a brief disappearance, the Crawdad Festival is returning to Camp Verde this weekend. It’s just taking on a different form.

Shaun Ashcraft throws his crawdad trap back into the Verde River after finding it still empty on May 23. Crawdad lovers will have an easier time finding the Cajun classic at the resurrected Crawdad Festival in Camp Verde on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.Bill Lee had some experience with the Crawdad Festival back when he was Camp Verde’s Town Manager. Now he’s the manager down in Somerton, but he still runs a restaurant in Camp Verde.

The Verde Valley Ranger Mounted Sheriff’s Posse tried to keep the popular festival alive, but it just wasn’t financially feasible enough to keep it going.

Lee was sad to see the festival go, so after giving it some thought, he’s giving it a shot.

Lee has put together plans for a two-day Crawdad Festival, Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, on property at 212 W. Finnie Flat Road.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 30, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.