Mudbugs and music could be found on Highway 104 this weekend at the annual crawfish boil held by the Delta Zeta sorority of White Hall.
Delta Zeta is a non-profit organization that raises fund to help families and children in need within the community.
“In the past several years we have raised and donated money to area schools for purchasing school supplies for less fortunate students, held a food drive for the White Hall food pantry, and donated money to several families in the area who have endured hardships including house fires and childhood illnesses, “ said sorority member Megan Bridges.
This is the fourth year for this lively fundraiser but a first for the crawfish cook-off, which saw five competitive teams face off in an effort to deliver the best-tasting mudbugs. Each team boiled around 200 pounds of the southern delicacy. The sorority hoped that a little friendly competition would bring out more supporters and according to Amber Davies, founder of the White Hall chapter of Delta Zeta, it worked. The event raised an estimated $7,500 from local business sponsorships and ticket sales. Word of mouth and Facebook posts were used as advertisement for the cook-off and the group presold 200 tickets at $25 each.
Jason Sanchez, team captain for the Gufflesnout Boilers, said “It don’t matter who wins. It was all about raising money for the community and for the support of the Delta Zeta sorority and the good they do. We had fun in the meantime.”
The big winners of the event were the Arkansas Tail Twisters who took home a trophy and $100 cash prize.
The event continued on into the night as Little Rock band Raising Grey provided live entertainment.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department had a few members on hand to provide security.
Davies says that she plans to continue the tradition next year and supporters can look forward to the cook-off format
Delta Zeta is supported by various businesses within the community and Davies emphasized that without that support, the sorority’s work would not be possible.