Low Country Boil benefits Old Depot

Published 11:45 am Friday, March 29, 2019

The people of Selma gathered at the Old Depot Museum for the sixth year in a row Thursday night for the museum’s Low Country Boil.

Over the last six years, the Low Country Boil has become a greatly anticipated event for the Selma community.

Beth Spivey, the museum’s director, said this year’s event was the best one yet.

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“I’ve learned from my mistakes over the years,” said Spivey. “This year was the best it’s ever been. We didn’t run out of any food.”

The Low Country Boil featured an all you can eat buffet of crawfish, shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The Back Door Band from Jennings, Louisiana provided the evening’s music as the crowd socialized and danced throughout the night.

Spivey said the she throws the event every year because she loves to see the community come together and have a good time, but the event is also a fundraiser.

Spivey said she hasn’t calculated exactly how much money the event raised yet, but she estimates at least $8,000 dollars were raised. According to Spivey, all 400 of the tickets to the event were sold.

The proceeds collected from the fundraiser allow Spivey to carry out the day-to-day operations at the museum.

Spivey says that much of the maintenance that was once done by the city is now her responsibility.

“I have to pay someone to cut my grass, and we have a heater problem and a few plumbing issues,” said Spivey. “The city doesn’t cover that stuff anymore.”

Spivey expressed her gratitude to everyone who came out and supported the museum on Thursday.

“I’m so thankful that this event allows me to do what I do, it [The Low Country Boil] just gets better and better each year,” said Spivey.