Jay’s #TBT: Competing at Mudbug Madness for the First Time
Mudbug Madness 2021 is now upon us so I thought I would tell you all about my very first time competing in the crawfish eating contest.
Let me start by saying I absolutely love everything about Mudbug Madness. It is, without a doubt, a premier festival in our area and we're all lucky to have it. The combination of crawfish, cold drinks, and live music will never not be awesome.
What you may not know is that I haven't always been a crawfish-eating champion. Even though I've won the contest back-to-back in 2018 and 2019, and I'm the reigning and defending champion, I wasn't always this damn good at sucking heads and ripping tails.
I actually competed in the media crawfish eating contest for the first time back in 2012! At that time, I was the producer for the national TV/Radio show, the Tim Brando Show. Patrick Netherton, who also worked on the show, and I were invited to compete. Man, was it rough.
I finished dead last out of at least 10 competitors. I swear, the winner ate all 5 lbs. of his crawfish in less than a minute, it was nuts. I was embarrassed because I really was trying at first, but I didn't stand a chance, so I just tried to enjoy the free crawfish.
Every year since, I've competed and slowly became halfway decent at the art of the peel & pinch. I finished dead last maybe three years in a row, then second place a few times, then won the previous two events.
Do I have what it takes to repeat? Come show some love and support as I try to go back-to-back-back! Get all of that info HERE.
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