Crawfish Boil draws thousands to benefit local families

(Gillette, Wyo.) "It all started as a poker game," said board member Kris Jodozi. She helps organize the all-volunteer event that takes place the fourth Friday of April for the past 33 years. They would fly in crawfish for it, and the event got so big, the Society of Petroluem Engineers decided to start organizing it as a fundraiser for charity. The first several years the boil was at the Cam-Plex, all the crawdads were flown in in small shipments. As of this year, nearly 13,500 pounds of crawfish are consumed by 5,000 Campbell County residents, and the shipment has to be brought in by truck from Louisiana. [image: crawded.jpg] The event raises roughly $120,000 every year for local families with medical hardship. "Any families with catastrophic medical expenses," Sarah Lervick told County 17. "All the money stays here." The Wyoming Center was nearly packed with the lunch session this morning. The boil starts up again at 4 p.m., with live music starting at 5. If you're not interested in crawfish, there's also brats, sauerkraut, potatoes and corn available. Tickets for adults are $25, kilds 4-11 are $5. "People keep coming back every year," added Lervick. "It's a lot of work, but it's a fun event towards a great cause." #county17 #news