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Rotary shrimp boil off benefit slated for Saturday

Rotary shrimp boil off benefit slated for Saturday

One of the many luxuries that Cajuns are afforded due to living on the coast is the abundance of fresh seafood. Just the thought of it evokes visions of boiling pots, steam dancing through the air and tantalizing our nostrils and perhaps a cold brew or two (or four). The smells produced are mouth-watering. Trays spilling over with large boiled shrimp flavored with just enough spiciness to make lips tingle are a sight for sore eyes, and a hungry stomach.

This Saturday, Oct. 1, teams will get together and give it their all at the Golden Meadow Rotary Club’s Shrimp Boil Off, hoping to be crowned as the best shrimp boilers on the bayou. More than 1,000 pounds of locally caught shrimp will be brought in for the teams to boil and for hungry crowds to consume.

The annual event will take place between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Golden Meadow Oakridge Park. Music will take place throughout the day with a feature performance from Clustafunk from 5 – 9 p.m.

For $15, attendees get all you can eat shrimp between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. (while supplies last). Cold beverages, desserts and other items are also available for purchase. The music and fun are an added bonus. Children 12 and under are free.

This event is the Golden Meadow Rotary Club’s main fundraiser that helps to fund projects and scholarships they offer throughout the year.

“All of the money we raise at the Boil Off goes back to the community,” said G.M. Rotary President Frank Boura. “We provide five scholarships to South Lafourche students who attend Nicholls State University. We work with local schools to get names of needy families so we can donate food baskets and toys at Christmas, we donated body cameras and ear pieces for local police departments, the list just goes on,” he said.

The local service club meets weekly to map out projects and implement ways they can help in the community as well as through projects with Rotary International around the world. The Golden Meadow club is currently working on creating a soccer field in Golden Meadow, it services the basketball court, made a playground area, does Easter egg hunts for local schools, helps with disaster assistance and recently donated $1,000 of items to flood victims in Gonzales through a sister Rotary club.

“We understand the community is hurting but we’re hoping to raise some money to continue helping others in our area through our projects – any amount helps. We hope people come out and have a good time for a great cause,” said Boura.

Currently there are about eight boiling teams registered but there is still room for more. Anonymous judges will sample the shrimp from each team and first through third place winners will be award prizes. To register a team before Saturday, contact Frank at 985-665-1220.

So get your appetites ready for some nice 21-25 sized shrimp, put on your dancing shoes and head on over to the Oakridge Park on Saturday to Laissez les bon temps rouler!