Final prep underway for boil

Published 10:54 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2015

As Thursday draws near, the Old Depot Museum is putting the final touches on its third annual Low Country Boil. 

The boil is set to kick off around 6 p.m. Thursday at the museum and is sure to add a little Cajun flavor to downtown Selma.

“The sales have been going great,” said Beth Spivey, museum curator. “I’m very happy with [the ticket sales]. It’s always nice when people come by and want more tickets or they’ve sold out of tickets and they’re sending [people] to buy them from me.”

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As of Tuesday afternoon, Spivey said only around 30 out of the 350 tickets remained.

“Everything is lined up … and the food is ready to start cooking,” Spivey said.

Glen Dugas and the Back Door Band, a Cajun band from Louisiana, will be performing at the event.

“The Cajun Band will be here between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and hopefully you’ll start hearing Cajun music on Water Avenue real quick after that,” Spivey said.

“I can’t wait to get Selma’s reaction from the band because you just can’t help but love them.”

With the amount of rain that Selma has experienced, Spivey said the museum is ready for anything and she has already ordered tents so that guests can enjoy the boil rain or shine.

“I’m always excited when everything comes together at the end,” Spivey said.

According to Spivey, there will be plenty of options for everyone to eat like shrimp, crawfish, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, homemade brownies, lemon squares, pound cake, Kentucky Fried Chicken, red beans and rice and more.

“If you don’t like shellfish, you’ll still be OK,” Spivey said.

Unlike other years, there will be door prizes for just buying a ticket to the event, on top of the big raffle.

“We will have one big raffle,” Spivey said. “We’ll have one huge gift basket from everybody in Selma that has donated items that were made in Selma and we’ll raffle it off but then we’ll have several door prizes too.”

The boil is one of the fundraisers that the museum has each year to help with costs and renovations that need to be done to ensure the museum is always looking its best.

But it’s also a great time for the community to come out and enjoy each others company while learning more about Selma’s history.

“[The money is to] help renovate the museum and help bring it more up to date,” Spivey said.

“It’s such a good time because once you come here it’s just kind of up to you what you want to do. So if you just want to walk around the museum eating, you can. There’s no pressure to be at anywhere at any time. Just have at it.”

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at the Old Depot Museum.