CAMP VERDE - It has been five years since the Town of Camp Verde gave up its popular Crawdad Festival.
The Verde Valley Rangers attempted to keep it going, but after a couple ties they, too, turned off the boilers.
But on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, Bill Lee, the man who originally dreamed up the idea, will be bringing the wily little freshwater crustaceans back to Camp Verde for two days of good eats and Cajun fun.
"I have always believed in special events, and seeing how the posse didn't do it last year we decided we'd give it a try," says Lee.
Lee will host the two-day affair at his restaurant/bar, Salt Mine Cellars, 212 Finnie Flat Road in Camp Verde.
Crawdads will be served both evenings starting at 5:30, but you are welcome to come early and have a beverage.
Musical entertainment will be provided starting at 5 p.m. on Friday with Reno and Sheila, followed by the Out Lawz Band. On Saturday Black Leather Zydeco from Tucson will add a dose of Cajun flavor to the evening.
Admission includes a crawdad dinner with all the fixings, or if you are not a crawdad fan, a steak dinner or one of Salt Mine Cellars' super pizzas.
Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There is free admission for children accompanied by a parent but the child's meal is separate.
Advance tickets are on sale at Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce visitor Center, Horn saloon, Camp Verde feeds, Sweet grace, Camp Verde reality, Laidback jewelry, Golden Bone, thanks a latte, and healthy Thymes.
They are also on sale at KA Cycle, the Barber Shop and Connection Concepts in Cottonwood.
Space is limited.
Lee says if the event is as popular as he hopes it is, Salt Mine Cellars will donate a portion of the proceeds to the future Camp Verde Community Park.