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More than 9,000 attend Lowcountry Cajun Festival

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

More than 9,000 people came out to the 24th annual Lowcountry Cajun Festival Sunday.

The festival featured rides, souvenir tents, or Zydeco music, but most people said they came for the food.

"She wanted the gator bites,” Joshua Bladwin, who came for the first time Sunday, said. “I wanted the crawfish. I'm from Pensacola so I'm used to being down in that area and getting crawfish every year."

"My wife is from Louisiana so we love crawfish and this is one of the only times of the year that you can get it here in Charleston,” Ryan Smith, who came back for the fifth time said.

Jack Sheffield is the owner The Caterer and has been cooking crawfish for the festival since it started. This year, his tent alone went through 2,000 pounds of them.

"It's such a native of Louisiana thing,” Sheffield said. “It's just what you want to get, the boiled crawfish.”

The event even featured a crawfish eating contest. This year's champion downed 27 in just 30 seconds.

The festival is also the biggest one-day event and fundraiser for the parks department all year.

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