Crawfish boiling contest raises money for “Dreams Come True” charitable foundation

Shawn Fontenot and Ross Richard of Opelousas, La. Winners of the Crawfish Boil Contest benefiting the Dreams Come True of Louisiana organization. Fontenot and Richard are University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduates.

Shawn Fontenot and Ross Richard of Opelousas, La. Winners of the Crawfish Boil Contest benefiting the Dreams Come True of Louisiana organization. Fontenot and Richard are University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduates.

Sam Irwin, author of Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, was one of the crawfish boiling contest judges of the Dreams Come True crawfish boiling contest. “I’m glad the boys from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette won the boiling contest,” Irwin said. “Ragin’ Cajuns sure know how to boil crawfish.” Here’s the story filed for the Gonzales Weekly Citizen by Leslie and Rodney Dupuy of Cajun Livin N Cookin.

The South Louisiana Crawfish boiling contest, held recently at Lamar Dixon Expo Center, benefited the “Dreams Come True Foundation.” The event was a success, with rain threating all day, the party went forward. There were over 40 cars in the car show, over 45 vendors in the craft show, plenty of Karaoke singers and 23 cooks in the crawfish boiling contest.

Sam Irwin, author of Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, judges the crawfish boiling contest at the April 2015 Dreams Come True Foundation fundraiser in Gonzales, La. "It's a very tough job but somebody has to do it. I'm glad it was me," Irwin said.

Sam Irwin, author of Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean, judges the crawfish boiling contest at the April 2015 Dreams Come True Foundation fundraiser in Gonzales, La. “It’s a very tough job but somebody has to do it. I’m glad it was me,” Irwin said.

There was also a crawfish eating contest, kids’ play land, powered parachute demonstrations, T-shirts, 50-50 raffle, washer board contest, and jambalaya. The total raised that day was $8000.00.

The event was put together by Leslie and Rodney Dupuy of “Cajun Livin N Cookin.”

“It also took a lot of help from a great committee to make something like this come together,” said Rodney Dupuy. “We want to give our committee members a huge thank you! We couldn’t have pulled it together without all of you.

Rodney added, that thanks also goes out to the volunteers that came out, our sponsors, judges, the committee members, NA NA Sha, and the public for attending. Hope to see y’all next year, it will be bigger and better. And just maybe, we can brighten the life of more children.

A crawfish queen was also a judge of the contest.

A crawfish queen was also a judge of the contest.