POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 1:02pm
New Orleans, La — The fourth annual Fair Grounds Crawfish Boil Benefitting the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association is set for Monday evening, 5-7 p.m., on the first floor of the Grandstand (west side). A free screening of the award-winning documentary T-GALOP: A Louisiana Horse Story will follow at 7 p.m. on the apron next to the winner’s circle.
The crawfish boil will feature 800 lbs. of crawfish with potatoes and corn, a crawfish eating contest spearheaded by the jockeys and a live auction. Items up for grabs in the auction include jockey silks autographed by Triple Crown-winning jockey Steve Cauthen and a Clubhouse dining table for four on Thanksgiving Day, which includes admission and buffet.
Crawfish boil tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance by e-mailing Sandra Salmen in Horsemen’s Relations at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org . Tickets will be available at the door as well. Beer will be available for $2, water and soda for $1.
All proceeds go to the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association’s efforts to rehabilitate injured or mistreated horses and find new homes for them.
“The LHRA is doing such important work ensuring that retired racehorses go to a good home,” said Salmen, one of two Fair Grounds staffers on the LHRA board. “Fair Grounds is proud to do everything we can to assist them.”
The T-GALOP screening will follow the crawfish boil starting at sunset, about 7 p.m. The screening was rescheduled after high winds caused the originally scheduled showing last Saturday to be postponed.
Seating for the film will be available on a first-come, first-served in the trackside bleachers and the Grandstand, but lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for the space along the apron closest to the screen.
T-GALOP, which explores the ties between Louisianans and horses, was awarded the Louisiana Feature Film Prize at the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival. A portion of the film focuses on the rich history of Cajun jockeys and horse racing at Louisiana’s infamous bush tracks, past and present.
No outside food or drinks will be permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase in the Fair Grounds Grandstand. No pets allowed.