The Southdown Bar Crawfish Boil Off and 5K is entering its eleventh year! We asked Christine Courville, whose father-in-law started the boil off, to tell us more about this growing event. From where it started to how you can get involved, Christine previews the 2018 event!
How has this event grown since the first boil off?
The first boil off took place at Southdown Bar and Grill as a sort of “joke” between the owner Herman Courville and his dear friend Amos Mosely. The two were arguing over who could boil the best crawfish, so they had a “boil-off” which consisted of 5 men each boiling a sack of crawfish. The crawfish were sold for $5 a tray. Herman decided to give that money to CASA because his wife Cindy was a volunteer. Because CASA is a great cause, the decision was made to continue the event. The boil off has grown from Southdown Bar, to Southdown Plantation Pavilion, and now the Civic Center. A 5k was added 3 years ago, and the number of participants grows from year to year. Last year there were over forty boiling teams. Through the past ten years, the Courville family along with Amos Mosely (now the Herman J. Courville Foundation) has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for CASA of Terrebonne.
In what ways does this event help CASA of Terrebonne?
The money raised at the crawfish boil is donated to CASA to use for training purposes. All CASA’s are volunteers that support children in need. CASA’s are required to complete several trainings in order to be able to help children in court or at school. The trainings cost quite a bit of money , and the money raised helps offset these costs.
If someone doesn’t want to cook in the contest but still wants to contribute, can they still attend the event?
The event is open to the public. Local business sign up to sponsor the crawfish boil. On the day of of the Boil Off, the public can pay a $5 entry fee to get into the event. This $5 will get them one pound of crawfish. We also have a 5k on the day of the event that is open to the public.
Visit Boiloff5k.com for more information about Southdown Bar’s 11th Annual Crawfish Boil-off and 5K and how you can help raise money for CASA of Terrebonne.