Low country boil to help museum

Published 10:11 pm Monday, April 18, 2016

The Old Depot Museum will hold its fourth-annual Low Country Boil on Thursday rain or shine.

“It’s just a fun event for everybody from all over Dallas County,” said museum curator Beth Spivey. “Just eat and have as much fun as you can.”

According to weather.com, the 10-day forecast predicts 40 percent chance of rain with possible thunder on Thursday. Later that night, thunderstorms are expected with a 90 percent chance of rain.

Spivey said although she is hoping to have the boil at the museum, should rain come, the boil will be moved to the George Evans Reception Hall.

The boil will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $500 per eight-person sponsor table and must be purchased in advance.

Proceeds of the event will go toward making improvements at the museum. Tickets can be purchased no later than noon on Thursday.

So far, 22 sponsor tables and roughly 150 individual tickets have been sold, according to Spivey. She said the crawfish boil is one of the museum’s largest fundraisers each year and hopes to raise at least $12,000 this year after figuring expenses for the event.

The boil is all you can eat crawfish with bottomless beverages. She said fresh popcorn and roasted peanuts in the shell are new items on this year’s menu.

For the second year in a row, The Back Door Band will be providing Cajun music.

“They love playing it,” Spivey said.

She said in addition to providing contagious and fun music, the band members are the crawfish farmers who farmed the crawfish for the boil and who will be cooking for the event.

“Every time I go somewhere they ask me about [the boil],” Spivey said. “I’ve had people come up to me just to tell me how excited they are.”

Unlike last year, there will be no raffle at this year’s event because a raffle fundraiser was held recently with the Tally Ho for St. Patrick’s Day.

Spivey said organizing and hosting the fundraiser with the museum is a humbling experience.

“It’s an honor to be a part of it,” she said.

For more information about ticket purchases, call the museum at (334) 874-2197.