30th Annual Dermott Crawfish Festival

Friday, May 17, 2013 - Saturday, May 18, 2013


In the early 1908s, Dermott citizens decided to expand the community’s farm-based economy by adding aquaculture. Local agriculturists Ronnie Thomas, John Green, Jimmy Duncan, and Jerry Duncan began crawfish farming.Then Secretary of State Paul Riviere declared the Delta town to be the“Crawfish Capital of Arkansas” in 1983. The first crustacean-based festival, held May 16, 1984, offered 2,000 pounds of crawfish, potatoes and corn to approximately 500 people, along with music and a street dance.

The 30th edition, May 17-18, will include 4,000-lbs. of crawfish as part of the dinners, arts, crafts, live music, a dog show and special activities for children.  Everything is centered around Freeman and Peddicord Streets and the downtown area.  Admission is free. Call 870-538-5656 for additional information.