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Mudbugs: The Blue Canoe Crawdad Feed

Saturday, Aug. 31

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Some random facts about the crayfish, known by the common name "crawdad," and an enigmatic little crustacean if there ever was one: A resident of the freshwater streams and rivers of North America, it can be found in assorted colors--red being the most common, but also white and blue; crayfish grow a mere 3 inches to 4 inches in length; and they can survive up to two years in captivity.

But why keep crawdads captive when you could dip them in Sriracha hot sauce?

In honor of The Blue Canoe's 30th anniversary, the restaurant is celebrating with its annual Crawdad Feed Saturday, Aug. 31, in the hopping hamlet of Guffey, for a night of live music, games and, yes, crawdads.

Advance tickets cost $20 and a festive crawdad T-shirt will set you back an additional $10--because haven't you always wanted to sport a festive crawdad T-shirt? Admission at the door costs $25.

Last year, Blue Canoe cooked up 650 pounds of crawdads for a full meal of potato salad, coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, corn bread and watermelon to help wash down all that mini-lobster goodness.

Now, all you have to do is figure out where Guffey is. (Hint: It's on a part of the Snake River where crawdads live in fear, a couple miles past the Walter's Ferry bridge on the way to Murphy.)