The Rotary Club of Killeen Heights will bring Cajun tradition to Central Texas on Saturday with its annual crawfish boil.

Barbara Merlo, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Killeen Heights, said the crawfish boil is the club’s biggest event of the year and also the most fun.

The party is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Killeen Special Events Center, 3301 W.S. Young Drive. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

The event will feature live music by Jerry Haisler and Melody 5.

Merlo said the club hopes to raise $15,000 through combined ticket sales, auction sales and donations. It is planning for 2,000 meals.

All funds will be distributed to local charities, Merlo said.

The auction items include Baylor football tickets, a treadmill, movie passes, gift certificates and art.

Merlo said the tradition of bringing crawfish to Central Texas began years ago, with a legendary group of Rotarians who would drive to the Gulf Coast to pick up the seasonal delicacy.

“It may be urban legend, but now we buy our crawfish from H-E-B,” Merlo said.

This year John Crutchfield, Rotary club member and president of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, will fill the role of “crawfish meister” after taking a long time researching the process, Merlo said.

Catfish and chicken also will be served at Saturday’s event.

“With 15 years of experience and going strong, I think they pretty much perfected it,” Merlo said of the club’s efforts.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through any Killeen Heights Rotary Club member or by calling (254) 526-1999.

Contact Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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