Normally, the festival, an annual fund-raiser for Porter-Leath held downtown at Wagner Place, offers 500 pounds of free crawfish to first-comers. The City Auto contest is in lieu of that.
Does the change had anything to do with the crawfish shortage reported earlier this year?
"We're fine," says Rob Hughes of Porter-Leath. He points out that the City Auto contest, which will have 10 winners per day, will ultimately give away 600 pounds of crawfish. (Also worth noting: winners will have to go to City Auto, located in the Covington-Pike area, to pick up prize vouchers.)
Hughes jokes that the shortage may actually be due to the festival and its 10,000-plus pounds of mudbugs under contract from growers in Louisiana.
"We just took a pretty big chunk," he says.