All-you-can-eat crawfish on tap at benefit cook-off

On Saturday the fourth annual St. Charles Parish First Responders Crawfish Cook-Off will offer live music, family fun and a plethora of boiled crawfish.

The event is born from inspiration sparked by the event’s beneficiaries.

“Being an ER nurse, in the middle of everything where all the departments have to come to us … you could see the teamwork, the camaraderie and the commitment they have,” Natalie Robert Wright, a committee chair with the nonprofit organization One Team-One Fight, said.

Wright said the first year that the event was held was more of a thrown-together friendly competition than an actual fundraising event, but because it was so successful it got her thinking that it should be an annual offering to the community and an opportunity to raise money for worthy organizations.

The event raised more than $7,500 in its first year, $15,000 in its second year and $18,000 in its third year.

“It’s going up in the right direction,” Wright said. “From the feedback we’ve had, people love the area because it’s all on grass and there’s plenty of shade. It’s a very family friendly environment and it’s just a great event for people to relax and unwind … especially for this year to get back to some normalcy.”

All proceeds of the cook-off will go to support the first responders of St. Charles Parish. Wright said the money raised is split into three checks – one for the Sheriff Office’s Fraternal Order of Police, one for the St. Charles Parish Fireman’s Association and the last for the St. Charles Parish Hospital’s emergency medical unit.

Wright said this is the first year the event has had a title sponsor, and thanked G. Smith Motorsports for their generosity is filling that position.

“Local plants, businesses and political offices have also been very supportive,” she said. “It’s just amazing to see the support.”

This year’s event will be held Saturday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monsanto Park in Luling. Live music by Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition will available, as will a shuttle bus for the public from the Community Center.

With admittance to the event comes all you can eat crawfish, hamburgers and hot dogs. Tickets at the door for adults are $25, with children ages 6-12 entering for $10. Children under the age of six have free admittance.

Beverages and beer can be purchased, and no outside food or drinks are allowed. Wright said the family-friendly event will also feature a petting zoo, face painting and Bloodmobile.

For more information or for information on presale tickets, contact Wright at 504-559-5643 or email


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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