A little bit of New Orleans and a whole lot of southern fun is headed to downtown Fredericksburg as the Jaycees invite everyone to laissez les bon temps rouler at the Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 27, 28 & 29.Enjoying freshly boiled crawfish is a big part of the event, but the festivities have expanded to include more food, more music and lots of family fun, according to Debbie Farquhar-Garner, event coordinator. “This event started out because some of our Jaycees members liked crawfish, but it has grown into a celebration of New Orleans-style proportions,” Farquhar-Garner said. “It’s a good way to support the community, and we want the community to have a good time.”In addition to crawfish, revelers can dig into mounds of gumbo, red beans and rice, shrimp, and boudin, plus hamburgers, corn dogs, and German sausage. Volunteers will stay busy pouring thirst-quenching cups of beer, wine, soda, and water.Our fourth annual Gumbo Cook-off will be on Saturday. Come sample delicious gumbo from the seven teams participating, and be sure to vote on your favorite. A washer pitching tournament will be held Saturday as well. The Crawfish Festival is a family-friendly event. A jam-packed Kids Area will let youngsters climb, jump, and slide to their heart’s content.Lively bands will be warming up to provide great, upbeat music for every taste – including Jody Nix on Friday, Darlye Singletary on Saturday night, plus great Cajun music by T-Broussard & The Zydeco Steppers, Jean-Pierre & The Zydeco Angels, Dr. Zog, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Zydeco Blanco and The Austin Cajun Aces.Hours for the Crawfish Festival are Friday, 6PM - Midnight, Saturday, 11AM – Midnight, and Sunday 11AM – 5 PM. Admission is $6 for adults and $1 for ages 12 and under.The event takes place on Marktplatz, Market Square – 100 West Main Street, in downtown Fredericksburg, easily accessible to shopping, dining, sightseeing, and free parking.The Jaycees is a national organization that emphasizes leadership and fundraising. Proceeds from this event are distributed to charities. For more information on the event, go to www.Tex-Fest.com or call local 830-997-8515 or toll free 1-866-TEX-FEST (839-3378).