Village Crawfish Festival: Get hot tickets now

Crawfish Festival co-founder Brock Exline cooks up some crawdads

​Who knew? The hamlet of Prairie Village is the headquarters for the Secret Order of Crawdaddies, an organization devoted to children’s charities and crawfish. The organization hosts the ninth annual Village Crawfish Festival from 6 to 11 p.m. on April 24 as a benefit for Head Start of Shawnee Mission, Inc.

The event — for adults only — takes place at 7231 Mission Road and features zydeco music, Kansas City-style barbecue pork (for patrons who don’t eat crustaceans) and more than 700 pounds of crawfish flown in from Louisiana and, according to local actor Richard Greene (a Secret Order of Crawdaddies member), “boiled to the strict specifications of a Cajun family recipe.

Also on the menu: sausage, barbecue pork, potatoes, onions, corn-on-the-cob, bread and dessert. Beverages (beer, wine, soda and bottled water) are included in the ticket price. Tickets, priced at $35 per person — can be ordered online until April 19 by clicking on

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