Get ready for some crawfish.

The Walker County Go-Texan Committee will host its annual Crawfish Boil and Catfish Fry on Saturday night at the Walker County Fairgrounds.

“It’s wonderful. We probably will be cooking about 5,500 crawfish and 600 pounds of fish,” Jamie Batten, ambassador for the Go-Texan Committee said.

Proceeds from the food sales will go towards educational scholarships for students who support the Go-Texan, and is open to high school students from Walker County. Students from cities like Huntsville and New Waverly support the Go-Texan by serving and setting up tables at events.

Although the scholarships are mainly given to graduating seniors any high school student that has shown support is eligible.

“Our money stays here in Walker County, and its for the community,” Batten said.

The amount of the scholarships will be determined by the amount of proceeds generated and will be divided amongst the number of qualified applicants. However, students who’ve contributed the most to Go-Texan have a better chance of winning.

“It does depend on how much work the senior has done,” Batten said. “If we have a senior that has worked every year obviously they’ll get more.”

Although the event is “BYOB,” the Go-Texan offers plenty of amenities. Event goers will be serenaded by the Bourbon Street Blue Band from 5-8 p.m., followed by the Josh Ward Band from 8:30-9 p.m.

“ We will provide tea and water, and its all-you-can-eat,” Batten said. “You can eat for three hours. You can’t go wrong with that.”

The menu includes all-you-can-eat crawfish, fried catfish, french fries, corn, potatoes and trimmings for all its attendees. 

Tickets are being sold in tables of 10 people or individual seating. Table reservations cost $250 and will be sold up until 3 p.m. on Saturday, while the individuals tickets are $30 and will be available at the door.

The Walker County Go-Texan is an affiliate with about 60 other counties to the Houston Livestock and Rodeo, and Batten says the event has been taking place for around 15 years.

The food and festivities begin at the Walker County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m., and will be the combined effort of community members in service.

“We couldn’t do it without our local support and people coming out, and we just appreciate our supporters, in particular those that come out every year,” Batten said.

For more information or ticket sales please contact Jamie Batten at (936) 577-2308

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