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Welcome to the Official website of
Lakeside Crawdad Festival!

First order of business for our 6th Annual Lakeside Crawdad Festival on Mothers' Day Weekend May 9, 10, 11, 2014 - Is for you to have SIX TIMES THE FUN! We look forward to seeing you this year and enjoying all our improved, ever-growing, and popular regional festival has to offer. Due to increasing problems we are asking NO DOGS, PLEASE!

Participating Wineries

Henry Estate Winery Henry Estate WineryFive generations of the Henry family have farmed the Umpqua Valley, and currently three generations run the estate.

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The Festival

A Good Idea


In January of 2009, a small group of Lakeside residents came together to dream of a festival that would draw people to the small town of Lakeside. A festival that would showcase the amazing natural beauty of the old fashioned downtown nestled on the shore of the magnificent, historic Ten Mile Lake. Out of that meeting came the First Annual Lakeside Crawdad Festival.

The first festival, set on Mother’s Day weekend, 2009, was designed to start long before most other coastal events, to offer something for everyone: a crawdad race for children, a wide array of vendors from all over the western coast , excellent music, food eating contests, and good family fun, all done to a Cajun theme.

The committee took the risk of ordering 800 pounds of fresh, live crawdads from Louisiana for a crawfish boil, with no idea if the weather and area interest would bring anyone at all to a weekend festival in this small fishing resort town. The 800 pounds of crawdads were sold out by mid Saturday to the over 7000 people who came to enjoy a Cajun weekend.

Come join us at the 5th Annual Lakeside Crawdad Festival and Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Let the good times roll!