The biggest event I do (I'm an event manager) is the Crawfish festival for Tualatin Oregon. It was a HUGE success this year. Here's an article about it (bad writing in my opinion), in the Oregonian.
Tualatin celebrates by cooking some crawfish of the Caribbean
Festival & car show - Johnny Depp isn't on hand, but plenty of pirates enjoy the feast
Sunday, August 10, 2008 NICOLE SANTA CRUZThe Oregonian Staff
Ron Minor hadn't had crawfish in 40 years.
But the 68-year-old Tualatin resident tore the crustaceans apart at this year's 58th annual Tualatin Crawfish Festival, said to be the oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi.
Eating them reminded him of his childhood in Oregon City, where he and his brother would go crawfish hunting.
They're bigger than I remember," Minor said.
But that wasn't the only attraction of Tualatin's largest festival, which draws more than 12,000 people yearly and features almost 80 vendors this weekend in Tualatin Community Park.
There was a pirate performance by a Portland-area group dubbed Booty, in keeping with this year's Caribbean theme for the festival. Besides crawfish, there was a watermelon-eating contest.
And there was an "Atsa My Dawg" show, where pooches could strut their stuff and vie for titles such as best looking and best dressed.
Today, the festival will scale down to a car show to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said Shelly Jones, the event manager.
Each year the festival -- which started in 1951 with baskets of broiled Tualatin River crawfish -- takes on a different theme, from the 1950s to "Mardi Claws." This year's Caribbean theme brought people and even dogs dressed as pirates.
Kirsten Croswell, a 20-year-old Tualatin resident and jewelry entrepreneur, was in her fourth year at the festival. She said she enjoys seeing how the themes play out.
"I love it," she said. "I love pirates."
Kim Schwartzenberger, 45, of Portland came to enter her Siberian husky, Ariel, in the dog show. But she enjoyed everything the festival had to offer.
"It's just happy," she said. "Everybody's happy, and the food is great."
Harley Keeley, 60, who lives in the Beaverton area, said she's come to the festival for almost 20 years. She enjoys the food and entertainment and always leaves with the same thing: six dozen crawfish.
"I pig out on them," she said.