Crawfish Fest returns to Rockwall Harbor April 24

Crawfish Fest returns to Rockwall Harbor April 24

Annual event at Dodie’s Cajun Diner benefits YMCA’s Angel Camp for kids with special needs

ROCKWALL, TX (Feb. 22, 2022) Peak mudbug season is coming and that can only mean one thing – save the date for the All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish Fest at the Rockwall Harbor, benefiting J.E.R. Chilton YMCA’s Angel Camp for children with special needs.

The annual fundraising event, presented by Dodie’s Cajun Diner, sells out each year as hundreds gather on the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard to enjoy mudbugs, music, and merriment for a good cause.

In years past, generous turnouts of festival-goers helped raise thousands of dollars to help local kids with special needs participate in the Y’s summer day camp program at no cost to the families. Each year, Dodie’s dishes out more than 2,000 pounds of mudbugs in support of this cause.

This year’s festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 24. The Big Daddy Band will provide live entertainment. There will be steaming platters of fresh crawfish, corn and potatoes – served up alongside mouthwatering red beans and rice and jambalaya.

“The crowd and the crawfish are expected to be bigger and better than ever,” said Dan Keils, Dodie’s General Manager. “We’ll have some pretty fantastic raffle prizes and giveaways to round out a day of fun on the patio with friends and family.”

Mike McRae and Gabe Nicolella, Dodie’s co-owners, introduced the Crawfish Fest in 2013 as a way to celebrate crawfish season while supporting the local community. This will be the seventh year that the Crawfish Fest has benefited Angel Camp.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support of Dodie’s,” said Harold Young, District Executive Director at the Rockwall Y. “Proceeds from this event benefit Angel Camp, which helps us serve children of all abilities, and creates an environment that allows kids to explore and enjoy new experiences like sailing, swimming, archery, riflery, and horseback riding – with the support that their special needs require.”

Crawfish Fest tickets are limited and on sale at the restaurant now for $35/adults; $15/kids ages 6-12 (under age 6 admitted free). The event will sell out. If space remains, online ticket sales will open on April 1 at  To learn more, call 972-771-0004.

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