Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

This year’s St. Charles Parish Crawfish Cook-Off is scheduled to take place May 15-17 at the Jerusalem Shrine Center at 1940 Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Better Than Ezra band member Tom Drummand, former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, Tulane head football coach Curtis Johnson, former Gov. Edwin Edwards, Saints all-pro center Jonathan Goodwin and Seafood City’s Al Scramuzza are among the celebrities scheduled to judge.

Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue III, who prepped at Hahnville, are tentatively scheduled to appear, as well.

The second annual event is sponsored by is the Ormond Civic Association, along with the Jerusalem Shriners. The festival already has grown from one day to three, has increased from 16 teams to more than 40 and will include carnival rides.

Opening night, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. May 15, includes a performance by The Masters Touch Drumline.

The event continues May 16, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with the crawfish-boiling contest at 3 p.m. and all-you-can-eat crawfish from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The music lineup includes local bands Giacomo and Remedy, Rockin’ Doopsie and the Zydeco Twisters.

The crawfish-eating contest will be on May 17 from noon to 9 p.m. The Shriners Band, Roland Cheramie and Friends, Lost in the 60s and Category 6 are scheduled to perform. Awards will be presented at 9 p.m.

Each team must cook a minimum of 200 pounds of crawfish during the day. The judges will determine the overall winner, while the crowd will help pick the people’s choice champion. Judging will be based on taste, appearance, firmness and ease of peeling. The judges also will choose the six best boilers in corn, potatoes and sausage.

Additional awards will be given for fan favorite tasting and the best-decorated boil team booth. A special award will be given in Scramuzza’s name to top finishers. Crawfish will be provided by the Seafood Pot in Destrehan.

Proceeds will benefit community projects of the Jerusalem Shriners, and Ormond Civic Association will sponsor in the future. Advance tickets for the Saturday boil event are $20 for adults and $8 for youth ages 10 to 16. Admission for youth will be $10 at the gate. Children under 10 will be admitted free.

Tickets are available at Ace Hardware in Destrehan and at the Seafood Pot restaurant in New Sarpy.

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Surplus auction in St. Charles

The St. Charles Parish Procurement Office is organizing an auction of surplus vehicles, heavy equipment, office furniture and other miscellaneous items at 10 a.m. May 16 at Winnwood Shopping Center, 1313 Paul Maillard Road, Suite B, in Luling.

Prospective participants may inspect items at Winnwood from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 15 and on the day of the auction beginning at 8 a.m. All items are being sold as-is and where-is, and no warranty is given. There will be no refunds.

Those buying auction items must present cash, a cashier’s check or bank letter of credit. A professional auctioneer will handle both auctions. The buyer must remove purchased items from the auction site on May 16.

State law prohibits parish employees and members of employees’ immediate families from buying items at parish surplus auctions. This includes an employee’s children, spouses of children, brothers, sisters, spouses of brothers and sisters, parents, spouse and spouse’s parents.

For more information, contact procurement agent Jill Schmill or procurement technician Jeanne Johnson at (985) 783-5000.

Comets shine at District Literary Rally

St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace sent 30 students to the 2015 South Central Louisiana District Literary Rally. Three St. Charles Catholic seniors placed first overall. The top winners were Emily Bergeron, first overall for advanced math/functions and statistics; Amy Kugler, first overall for journalism; and Kylie Revere, first overall for art. Juniors Amanda Riviere and Jeanne Roussel both received honorable mention in art.

The following students qualified for State Rally and will compete at LSU on April 25: Shana Breaux, biology; Wesley Melancon, chemistry; Breigh Peytavin, physical science; Lela Hill, physics; John Waldron, English I; Dominique Perilloux, English II; Isabel Gort, English III; Brittney Champagne, English IV; Amy Kugler, Journalism I; Hailey Louque, French I; Hannah Babin, French II; Madeleine Murphy, French III; Claude Hill, Spanish II; Shaun Borne, Spanish II; Alexis Tran, advanced math/pre-calculus; Emily Bergeron, advanced math/functions and statistics; Heaven Mamou, Algebra I; Brittney Jacob, calculus; Victoria Becnel, geometry; Connor Pecoul, civics; Mya Leake, world history; Emily Weidert, food and nutrition.

Lori Lyons reports on the River Parishes. Send information on news, events, accomplishments and story ideas to her at