They’re called by many names – crawdads, mudbugs, crayfish, crawfish. But on April 6, it won’t matter what you call them. This Saturday, the Ales & Tails crawfish and craft beer festival will be held in Fayetteville.
“We think it will be a real fun time,” says event organizer Maudie Schmitt, owner of Cafe Rue Orleans in Fayetteville.
Ales & Tails will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., and according to event organizers, all-you-can-eat crawfish, corn and potatoes will be served to ticket holders from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Identification is required at the door. Crawfish will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors.
Those in attendance can also purchase local beer and wine, while they listen to live entertainment.
“This is the big one,” says Schmitt, who helped found the event in 2014. “It’s such a good event, with tons of crawfish and live music,” Schmitt adds.
Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Breakaway Cycling, the Lib Horn Animal Shelter of Fayetteville and Ranger’s Pantry.
Ranger’s Pantry, according to Schmitt, is a food bank for individuals who cannot afford to buy food for their pets. “Ranger’s Pantry gives people who are homeless or struggling the chance to pick up some food for their pets,” says Schmitt.
Schmitt says the event is getting better with age. “We have a lot of things going on,” she says. “Each year it just gets bigger and better.
If you miss this weekend’s event, there will be another Ales and Tails on April 13, at 8thStreet Market and Bike Rack Brewery in Bentonville.
Tickets to Ales & Tails can be purchased here.