Russell "Big Dawg" Sain attended the number ONE party school in the early 80s the GREAT UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA whose

 mascot is UGA the Bulldog.  Russell earned the nickname “Big Dawg” on the BBQ circuit in Georgia where he eventually became a certified Kansas City BBQ judge.   Big Dawg has been enjoying crawfish boils in and around Monroe Louisiana for decades.


Curtis Sain, Russell's first cousin, has been cooking crawfish in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma for decades. Curtis has cooked alongside some of the best crawfish chefs in Louisiana. The best of the best were usually grizzled old Cajun men with no teeth who spoke a language only people from Louisiana can understand. Curtis has taken everything he learned from these revered Crawfish Gurus, added his own special twist, and today produces the most amazing crawfish you will probably ever eat.


Our group has wanted to bring a crawfish festival to Oklahoma for a long time. We have traveled to many different crawfish festivals from Mobile, Alabama and Beaux Bridge, Louisiana, to Yukon Oklahoma and many places in between researching what makes an exceptional Crawfish Festival.


We have found that to have an amazing Crawfish Festival you must have the following things:


First of all, you need to have exceptional crawdads. (Done!-See above)


 Secondly, you need a great venue. Our Festival will be housed inside the historic Muskogee Civic Center. The location where  Mearl Haggard recorded Okie from Muskogge Live in 1969, the "Civic" will ensure plenty of indoor space for eating, dancing rain or shine!


Thirdly, you need good music. We have partnered with the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame to provide the live music for the festival. We are thrilled that they are lending their amazing expertise to line up established and exceptional up-and-coming musicians to perform on  on festival day.


Finally and probably most important, you need to know how to throw a party, and we Sain boys know how to throw a party! Everyone is welcome at this fun, irreverent, family-friendly event. So, come on out and get your Cajun on. Tickets are going fast! Get yours before they’re gone. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the fun (or the crawdads)!

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