|Skyway's Crawdad Festival is back posted on 08/02/2022|
Tracie Anderson, co-owner of the Skyway Bar and Grill with
Tom Baker, traces the roots of their annual Crawdad Festival to her mom and
dad, who started the tradition more than 25 years ago.
“It was always friends and family gathering, barbequing and
boiling up crawdads,” she said.
After the pair bought the Skyway in 2000, they thought it
would serve as a great venue for the event, and the family agreed.
“That’s when it changed from a party to a festival,” Baker
Now in its 17th iteration (due to a few years off from the
pandemic and from the widening of Hwy. 26), the festival is back on Saturday,
Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21.
The event features approximately 550 pounds of crawdads,
cooked Louisiana style, and turned into various dishes, from po’ boys to gumbo
In keeping with its roots, a crew of family and friends
volunteer to set things up and get the party started.
“It’s really been a tradition for a lot of families,”
Anderson said. “It’s something we all mark our calendars for.”
In addition to the crawdads (which necessitate an extra
refrigerator at the restaurant), the festival offers spicy corn and potatoes,
plus a face painter, t-shirts featuring designs by Baker, a “wheel of fun” and
live music from noon until close on both days.
There is a $5 entry fee for the festival (kids 12 and under
are free), with food items priced individually (crawdads can be purchased as
part of a meal or by the pound).
And despite securing approximately a quarter ton of
crawdads, people are encouraged to enjoy them while they last, as there aren’t
usually any leftovers.
“This year is extra special, we’ve been feeling so strange the
past couple years, not getting together,” Anderson said. “So this is going to
be a good one.”
The music lineup for the Crawdad Festival includes: the Mojo
Band (Funk Jazz) from noon - 3 p.m., Chervona (Vagabonding gypsy folk-punk)
from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and the Pagan Jug
Band (zydeco) 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and the Pagan Jug Band (Zydeco) from noon - 2
p.m., the Reverb Brothers (Swamp Rock) from 2:30-5 p.m. and Blue Flags &
Black Grass (Old Timey) from 5:30-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.
The Skyway Bar and Grill is located at 71545 Hwy. 26 in
Zigzag. For more information, call 503-622-3775, find the restaurant's page on
Facebook or visit https://skywaybarandgrill.com/.
By Garth Guibord/MT