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LAKESIDE — The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Crawdad Festival over the weekend where visitors gathered at Tenmile Lake County Park to enjoy Louisiana style crawdad.

Event organizer Sheli Roe said the festival is unlike most in the area because it offers food and flavors not typically found around the South Coast.

Rayne Sifford, 6, gets her face painted Saturday during the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce's annual Crawdad Festival at Tenmile Lake County Park…

Over the years, the festival has fine-tuned its menu, said Roe. The group has added garlic butter, shrimp, alligator sausage and other seafood items.

In addition to the crawdad, the event also featured over 40 food and craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, live music as well as booths from the Lakeside Fire Department and Bay Area CERT.

In keeping with tradition, the festival also had a number of pirate actors spread throughout the park providing entertainment to visitors with choreographed sword fights.   

“We have a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator,” said Roe. “The rumor in town was that Johnny Deep was actually here. I mean that’s how much he looks just like him.”

Kim Kraft watches over his Toys of All Kinds booth Saturday during the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce's annual Crawdad Festival at Tenmile Lake …

With a focus on good food and fun entertainment, Roe said the festival is a great way to show off what the City of Lakeside has to offer.  

“This is my eleventh year doing this and I just love seeing the community come together and have fun,” said Roe.

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Reporter Amanda Linares can be reached at 541-266-2039 or by email at amanda.linares@theworldlink.com.

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