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Fun times and spicy food; Mudbug Madness turns 36

Let's go crazy for crawfish!

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  • Joel Rodgers

Some call it the ‘coolest’, others think it’s hot. I think it’s both! The 36th annual Mudbug Madness Festival is this weekend May 24-26 in downtown Shreveport. 

Mudbug Madness takes over Festival Plaza this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The festival began in 1984 as a two-day street festival, but now it’s now a three-day festival held each Memorial Day weekend. Mudbug Madness is nationally recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events and the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Event in the nation.

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 24-26

Free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

$5 per person after 5 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday

Free daily for children under 7 and military with ID.

For more information check out their site, click here.

 

Cool things to be aware of/look forward to:

-$5 lunch specials from 11am-2pm from participating vendors (not including crawfish)
-Happy Hour on Friday from 11am-7pm; all beverages are $3
-Great Raft Brewing Beer Garden will be a greenspace serving local craft beer
-The 1st annual Mudbug Madness Cornhole Tournament will be Saturday, May 25th. Registration will be from 11am-12pm and the tournament will begin at 1pm.
-The music lineup is amazing!! Traditionally, we have had Cajun and Zydeco music only on the main stage and this year, there will be different genres on both stages.

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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