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Lafayette Is Headed To Michigan To Help With The Crawfish ‘Problem’

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Things are about to get cray in Michigan.

Remember a few weeks ago when news broke about Minnesota dealing with those invasive “crayfish?” Well, Vicksburg, Michigan is one of the latest areas to experience a mudbug invasion and now the Cajun Navy is on their way to help.

Well, maybe it isn’t the actual Cajun Navy, but Lafayette Travel will be heading north to host ‘Cray-Day’ in Vicksburg, Michigan.

On August 19, we will show Michigan exactly what they need to do to get their “crayfish” problem under control, and we will do it in pure Louisiana fashion with a full festival in tow.

On July 19 the Michigan Department of Natural Resources released an advisory confirming the presence of the invasive red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii), also known as the Louisiana crayfish, in Sunset Lake in Vicksburg and a retention pond in Novi.

When the advisory hit social media people in the south took notice. While a lot of the comments from people in the south were jokingly aimed at capitalizing on the new found food source, we realized when it comes to invasive species it was no laughing matter.

That got us thinking over here at Lafayette Travel. How could we help our neighbors to the north with their invasive species problem, but have a little fun at the same time? Pretty simple really. Throw a pop-up festival that aims to educate Michiganders about the crustacean that proves to be a pest in the north and a cash crop in the south. So that’s what we did!

Cray-Day will not only educate those in attendance on crawfish, but there will be a cooking demo on how to cook a crawfish etouffee, panel discussions, live music from a Cajun band and fun activities for the entire family.

You can see the entire schedule here at Lafayette Travel.

The Louisiana craw will take off for Michigan on Thursday morning and you can follow the entire trip here via the official Lafayette Travel Facebook Page.

Or, is anyone down for a road trip?

[via Lafayette Travel]


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