The Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce is planning the seventh annual Downtown Crawfest presented by Southern Bancorp.

The Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce is planning the seventh annual Downtown Crawfest presented by Southern Bancorp.
The crawfish boil starts Friday, May 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Crawfish and the fixings will be prepared by Sodexo Catering and served in the parking lot at 617 Clinton Street in downtown Arkadelphia.
“The Chamber has a great partnership with Southern Bancorp, the City of Arkadelphia and the Downtown Arkadelphia Organization. We look for opportunities to provide entertainment for the public to enjoy,” said Shelley Loe, Executive Vice President. “This event is to provide local entertainment and showcase our downtown area.”
In addition to the crawfish boil, 67 Grill, Twisted Ice, The Farmhouse, JavaPrimo Coffee House, Cafe and More, and Slim and Shorty’s will be open offering food, dessert and drink options. The Zac Dunlap Band, sponsored by Southwest Auto Collection, will play throughout the evening.
At 7 p.m., contestants will participate in a crawfish eating contest. Each contestant will eat up to five pounds of crawfish within five minutes. There will also be a kid’s play zone sponsored by Gossip Shop Salon and Boutique filled with activities for the young and young at heart.
On Saturday, May 5, the Crawfish Crawl 5k and 10k will begin on Clinton Street at 8:30 a.m. along with the Southern Bancorp Andy Allison Super Kids Run at 10:30 a.m.
“The Arkadelphia High School ROTC helps us every year during our Crawfest Crawl and we really appreciate it. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the AHSROTC. We also want to invite all area businesses to participate in these activities to make Downtown Crawfest truly a community event,” said Loe.
Advance tickets are $25 and are available now at Southern Bancorp, Winner’s Circle, and the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce office. For more information on the event, please contact the Chamber at (870) 246-5542 or shelley@arkadelphiaalliance.com. You can also follow the event page on Facebook at “Downtown Arkadelphia Crawfest” for event updates.