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The ultimate sport: Crawfish eating

Posted at 12:26 AM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-05 01:46:19-04

KATC covers a lot of sports stories. However, there’s an ultimate sport that takes place during the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. You guessed it. It’s the crawfish eating contest.

There were 20 competitors that were up for the challenge. People came from all over the country to participate. One contestant was back for the third time, traveling all the way from Indiana.

“What goes through my mind is just like, ‘I’m so insane.’ Seeing the first five pounds on the tray, I’m like, ‘There’s no way I’m going to do this.’ I just kept on rolling and just focused on keeping it down,” Alex Domingo said.

Another contestant came from Houston but had some Louisiana connections.

“We love the traditions of Louisiana, and I love crawfish. We boil a lot, and we are the bayou city, too. My wife and I got engaged in New Orleans, my daughter went to LSU, so we have a lot of connections to Louisiana,” Aaron Cruz said.

The contest was all you can eat in 45 minutes, and each person was given five pounds at a time.

The winner was another visitor from Texas.

“I’ve eaten at a few contests around our area around Port Arthur, and I have always wanted to come to this one. This thing got started the year I was born. It’s the oldest crawfish festival, and my mom is from this area. This is the first time I’ve got to come, and well… everything worked out.” Kurt Benoit said.