Isleton "Cajun Festival" ( Shhhh...it's really the Crawdad Festival! )

Cajun Festival set for Father's Day weekend June 18th & 19th, when the San Francisco Bay Area and the California coast from Mendo...

Cajun Festival set for Father's Day weekend
June 18th & 19th, when the San Francisco Bay Area and the California coast from Mendocino to Monterrey are windy, cold, and often dreary with fog, Isleton California in the Delta is sunny and warm.

This is the time of the year when the Cajun Festival (Formerly Crawdad Festival) is back from a year off. Bikes, Boats, and RVs converge on the tiny historic town to eat Cajun style boiled crawdads,alligator on a stick, listen to music, and shop for boutique gifts and antiques. The entry fees are low and the town has tried to orient the program and rules toward the entire family, there are other island retreats in the Delta region where there are other RV hook-ups at reasonable overnight rate.

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In 2009 Iselton City officials announced that their World Famous "Crawdad Festival" was cancelled. Economic hard times and some politics were cited for the decision. Fans of the Festival later learned that Isleton also sold the Festival name and rights to a Red Bluff California Group who now operate a Festival under that banner. However, Isleton has settled all issues and have a united front to make The Cajun Festival bigger and better.

Now, I was raised here in the Sacramento Delta myself, and as a young boy my brother and I would venture through Freeport, Clarksburg, Steamboat Slough and wherever our Schwinn bicycles could take us. Fishing and hunting, trapping Crawdads and gigging Frogs. Exploring and sometimes getting in trouble raiding sugar beets, and pear orchards.

Though we did have virtues helping the Delta farmers keep down the jack-rabbit population with our .22 rifles and sometimes, bow and arrows. We were real "Huckleberry Finns and Tom Sawyers!" It could have been due to my being an avid Mark Twain fan, or just 'genetics' from my Louisianan heritage where my Great Grandfather lived and "shrimped" for a living out of Shreveport.

Just because Red Bluff is on the Sacramento River does not a "Crawdad Festival" make! I know for a fact if any crawdads are found up north there, they are few, and not... "Delta!" For example you can use ingredients from Italian Food recipes...but it's Italian "Style" not Italian. Those Northerners just ain't got "Delta" like we do here.

Later in life I was part owner and General Manager of Steamboat Slough Resort. Taking that opportunity to use our watercraft rentals to finally explore more of the 1,000 miles of Delta Waterways, I was forever bonded with the "magical wonder" one experiences because of the 'sense' that this "living organic Eco-System" we call 'Delta'... gets in your blood. It's a "river rat" thing, and anyone can partake of it's authenticity and flavor, when they come and explore The Delta.

Isleton is the embodiment of that "magical wonder" that transports you to another time and place where at any moment you sense you just might see Samuel Clemens sitting on the porch of the local Newspaper Office, as the sounds of a passing River Boat's steam engine chugging away to parts unknown... embedding all the sights and sounds and senses into your memories of that long ago era.

Don't worry about the better things that city life offers, the Deli at 25 main street offers Gunther's Ice Cream for you Sacramentans and Genova Bakery goods for the Stocktonians. Antique Shops and Art & Eclectic Curio shops alike will offer great gifts and photo memories and video chronicles for your Delta adventure.

Bob's Bait Shop is there for the real 'Huckleberry' who can walk over the road to the Sacramento River where the life flow of this Delta comes from, drop a line in and get their "fish fry" as fresh as it comes.
Discover the Delta for yourselves, and don't wait for the Festival, go and see Isleton for yourselves. People come from all over the World for their restaurants, watering places and shops. The Delta Diamond Farms Event Center and Resort is available for Festival Parking and RV's .DELTA DIAMOND FARMS specialize in Weddings, Conferences etc...All Resorts are filling up their rooms, and reserving their watercraft quickly.
 
 I'll be at Peter's Steak House enjoying his Famous Prime Rib...and maybe sitting in with the band upstairs with my Mississippi Saxophone.    See you... at the CAJUN FESTIVAL

Crawdad Festival...now Cajun Festival!






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Anonymous said...

"Just because Red Bluff is on the Sacramento River does not a "Crawdad Festival" make! I know for a fact if any crawdads are found up north there, they are few, and not... "Delta!" For example you can use ingredients from Italian Food recipes...but it's Italian "Style" not Italian. Those Northerners just ain't got "Delta" like we do here".

Just so the truth be told. The Crawfish,Mudbugs,Crawdads or Crayfish that are served at the Cajun Festival are not "Delta!" either as you falsely emply. They are in fact brought in from Louisiana as are the Crawdads those Northerners are serving in Red Bluff. As there is no processing plants in Calif, except All Shores Seafood in San Bruno,Ca who could not handle the volume of crayfish either Festival would need. And just to be truthful with you I went to both Festivals last year and both were great. But if I had to choose only one to attend this year. I guess I will be heading North for my fill of Crayfish, Cajun and Zydeco Music.
"Laissez les bon temps rouler" for all you Northerners Red Bluff and Iselton alike that means, Let the good time roll. Good day from Breaux Bridge Rich.

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