It happens every year about this time and I woke up this morning and it hit me again… Football season is over and I’m wondering where the time went… again. Didn’t the season just start a couple weeks ago? So what the heck am I going to do now? Watch college basketball? Nope. Watch pro basketball? Probably not. Get out and do stuff around the house? … That can wait. Get out and continue to perfect the art-form of smoked BBQ? Maybe, but we already have the best BBQ in the world right here in town (according to Newsweek Magazine) so why bother. I don’t know, maybe I should just get out and play some golf or something. But every year about this time I go through this same mental exercise and seem to languish in my anguish waiting for the Daytona 500 to roll around again in late February. Wow, I’m a poet and didn’t noet! (another word I made up) But it seems I have found the perfect antidote for the usual post football depression that sets in every year about this time. I now have this thing called the Rajun’ Cajun Throwdown that keeps my synapses firing like crazy and hijacks all of my time. It has been the perfect remedy for the post season blues that linger this time of year.
The Rajun’ Cajun is coming up on Saturday March 8th and our RC Committee is already hard at it (man I love to use Idioms don’t I?) I am pleased that we have had several new people raise their hand and want to help us make this event a “rajun’ ” success. In the grand scheme of things the Rajun’ Cajun is relatively new on the scene, but this is our 4th year to do it and it is really starting to take off. With all things like this you always have growing pains and things that you can always fix to make it better next time. So if you don’t make the same goofy mistakes it should always get better. But as you grow you’ll always encounter new kinks to be ironed out, and I guess as long as you are resolving your issues at a higher rate than new ones are popping up, you are heading the right direction. And that is where we find ourselves right now. Things are getting smoother and the bumps in the road are smaller and smaller. In other words, this event is picking up lots of steam and all you have to do is come enjoy the ride! The bands are locked in and things are really shaping up for this event to be the most fun and exciting one yet. — That is not salesman speak for: “we hope you come & hope you enjoy yourself if you do”. I’m not exaggerating one bit when I say that some of our new activities will be a hit with kiddos, and adults alike. I’m really thinking that we may be onto something with some of this new stuff. For the people who want to just come and hang out, we will have live Cajun music all day long, lots of different foods to choose from, many different arts and crafts vendors to check out, thousands of pounds of crawfish at your disposal which can be purchased by the pound, a beer and beverage garden stocked with ice cold drinks of your choice, and fun and games for all ages. But it is the competitive spirit and banter between all the cooking teams vying for all the wacky trophies and cash prizes is what really defines our identity. I am fielding multiple calls daily from random people, vendors, and cookers, asking about this year’s event and we haven’t even started advertising yet. These are mostly out of town folks who are hearing about us somehow who haven’t been here before.
I know that Erin Etheridge, our RC Committee Chairperson touched on this a couple weeks back here in this column, but if you would like to be involved at some level, let us know and we’ll get you plugged in somewhere where you will have a great time. Our group has fun together and we would love to have you jump on our bandwagon if you want to come join in the fun. If you have any questions about the event don’t hesitate to call us. We’ll keep you all posted on some of the new activities that we’ll be rolling out this year. So until then… “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!!!” (Let the Good Times Roll!!)
“We have a strategic plan… it’s called doing things!” – Herb Kelleher
-Derek Hall, Luling Main Street Manager