I Love the Ark-La-Tex: Mudbug Madness Training

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 7:54pm

Since moving to Shreveport, everybody has told me about a fabulous festival called Mudbug Madness. I was excited to give it a go, but also a little nervous. I'm not really a fan of mud, and I'm really not a fan of bugs; so I was excited to learn that mudbugs are just another name of crawfish.

I was asked to participate in an eating contest at the festival, and I went in with high hopes. I just knew that even though I'd only had crawfish twice before, and never peeled them myself, I was going to win. My crawfish however, didn't agree, refusing to be peeled. Even though I came in dead last, I knew it couldn't be my fault. It had to be that I got duds in my pile of crawfish.

I'm too competitive to lose again, so even though I was sure it wasn't my fault I lost, I sought out a trainer so next year, I'd be ready. It turns out my form was all wrong. I was pulling the heads off the little guys at the wrong angle. From there, it didn't get any better. While peeling crawfish might work generally, when time is of the essence, the pinch and bite method is the way to go.

It took about 50 crawfish to get the hang of it...ok, maybe I took a little longer to learn because with each mistake I got to eat another, but by the end of it, I was ready for next year's contest...kind of.


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