Driving through Founders' Place Historical District on Muskogee's northwest side, dozens of stately homes fill the tree-lined streets. Founders' Place is a nonprofit neighborhood organization authorized by the City of Muskogee Historic Preservation Commission. They are dedicated to the preservation of Muskogee’s historic architecture located between 12th and 17th streets and Court Street to Martin Luther King Street. 

To keep the neighborhood in its best condition, a crawfish festival takes place today to benefit the organization.

Anyone who would like to hear some great music or enjoys eating crawfish can head out to Hatbox Field, 600 S. 40th St., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today for the Big Dawg Crawfish Festival.

Crawfish boil plates include two pounds of fresh crawfish, potatoes and corn prepared by Russell "Big Dawg" Sain and his cousin, Curtis Sain.

"If people love crawfish, or like crawfish, or would like to try crawfish — and if they want to have a good time and break the monotony of all this bad stuff and have an enjoyable afternoon — we will have dancing and eating and just having fun," Russell Sain said.

Five bands will perform live on a main stage, and there also will be an open mic stage for anyone else wanting to perform.

Don't like crawfish? Food trucks also will be there with different offerings. Beverages include beer provided by Muskogee Brewing Co. and wine provided by Pecan Creek Winery. Food trucks will be available for people who don't want to eat crawfish.

At the gate, tickets are $25 for crawfish and admission or $10 for general admission only.

Help Founders' Place preserve Founders’ Place and enjoy the day outside. Oh, and bring your dancing shoes!

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