Bayou Bandit's 3rd Annual Bug Bash

Room: North Woods & Central Buildings Event Center
3001 N. Grant
Springfield, MO 65803
Date: Saturday May 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM Doors: 10:00 AM
Come join in the fun as teams from near and far prepare your favorite dishes from fresh Louisiana crawfish! It will be a day filled with food, games, music and fun for all ages.
Price Levels
  General Admission (16+) $20.00
  Youth (8-15) $10.00
This year on May 11th, The Bayou Bandit is hosting the Midwest's premier Crawfish Cookoff and Cajun Festival at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in the Queen City of the Ozarks- SPRINGFIELD, MO!

Access will be provided through Gate 10 on Zoo Park Road, and you'll find us located on the Northeast corner of the fairground property at the Central Buildings Event Center, visible from N. Grant Avenue.

Gates open at 10am for those that want to watch the teams cook, browse vendors or get in on the Silent Auction. Sampling of the crawfish dishes will be available to the Public, with paid admission, from 12-2pm, games and eating contests will follow and an awards ceremony will commence at 4pm. For the comprehensive schedule of events visit us on Facebook at "The Bayou Bandit" or on the web at

Our first year, 2022, brought us 12 teams that boiled crawfish.
Our second year, 2023, brought us 22 teams that boiled crawfish.
Year 3, 2024, should see us over the 30-team mark!
And, we have a new OPEN division in 2024 for dishes containing crawfish as the primary meat, but prepared in a manner other than boiling; for example, gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, chowder, etc.

Don't eat crawfish? That's okay, we have you covered too. The Bayou Bandit crew plans to serve a variety, including boiled crawfish and shrimp, gumbo, smoked boudin, pulled alligator and pulled pork sandwiches. Sampling of the competition dishes is included with admission. Concessions from The Bayou Bandit and approved vendors during the event will be at additional cost.
Event Details
Rain or Shine
This show is All Ages
North Woods & Central Buildings Event Center
Saturday May 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM
10:00 AM
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