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Teams, bands, entertainment set for Riff Ridgel cookoff Saturday

Teams, bands, entertainment set for Riff Ridgel cookoff Saturday

Author: Action News 17/Monday, May 13, 2019/Categories: Front Page

TICKFAW---The Riff Ridgel Crawfish CookOff is almost here! The event kicks off this Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Village of Tickfaw Festival Grounds.

The fun begins at 11 a.m., with a full day of entertainment and 3,500 pounds of all the crawfish you can eat!

Thanks to Vecta Environmental Services, LLC for sponsoring the live music again this year. We are especially excited to announce our amazing line-up which is certain to bring you to the bayou and make you want to get up and dance. Zydeco Mike, a Lafayette Zydeco musician who plays the washboard, accordion and triangle, will be kicking off the CookOff.

Our special guest, Jo-El Sonnier, will join Zydeco Mike during his set. Jo-El is the undisputed “King of Cajun” with four Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award as well as nominated to the Academy of Country Music for the “New Male Vocalist of the Year Award” and is a Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inductee.

Last but not least, one of New Orleans' hottest bands, The Johnny Sansone Band, will play the second half of the CookOff. Johnny is an award-winning musician, songwriter and recording artist. His style of Blues, Swamp grooves, Zydeco, and heart-felt ballads have established him in a unique category. He is known to play and record with Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Dr. John, Anders Osbourne, North Mississippi Allstars, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr. and John Fohl.

Another entertainment option is our Crawfish Eating Contest! There will be two age categories: 12 and over, and 11 and under. Prizes will be awarded to both categories. There will also be a Washer Board Tournament!

In the Children’s Tent, nationally-known magician Billy Ferguson will once again amaze both adults and children with his magic performance at 11 a.m.


We have 21 teams ready to boil! Trophies will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place. There will also be a People’s Choice Award and Best Lookin’ Bug Boilers. Everyone will want one of these signature trophies created by J & D Artistic Designs.


Performing the grueling task of judging this year are: Jo-El Sonnier; Justice of the Peace Terri Crosby; TJ from Northshore Broadcasting; Kinion Bankston from Southern Boys Outdoors; Rose Dominquez, Tangipahoa School Board Member, District I; Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto; and Mason Burnette, the 2019 Italian Festival Queen. Come on out and say hello to the Judges!

Buy your $25 advance tickets now at the Tickfaw Town Hall, University Donuts or from any Board Member. Tickets are also available on our website at: If you wait till the day of the event, tickets are $35 at the gate. Children 11 and under get in FREE!

The Riff Ridgel Crawfish CookOff Benefit has been established in Riff’s name and is dedicated to providing support to families and individuals in the local community whose lives have been impacted by a catastrophic accident or illness. Proceeds this year will go to Riff Ridgel and Norma Morgan Strate’s family to cover outstanding medical expenses.

For information regarding sponsorship or event details, visit our webpage at or contact us by email at

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