Crazy for crawfish: Harvest Festival event raises scholarship funds for area high school students
Longview — Glenn Richardson sees at least one big difference in the Harvest Festival and Livestock Show in the event’s 30 years.
Richardson, the festival’s co-founder, said his daughters once earned $280 in scholarships through the event. Now, students earn about $8,000 every year in scholarships for raising and showing their animals.
“I raised steers and hogs in high school during FFA, and we’re trying to promote the youth with another avenue to sell their products,” Richardson said.
Saturday’s annual Crawfish Boil at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center — the precursor to fall’s Harvest Festival — also raised funds for area students.
Proceeds from tickets to the boil, raffles and donations added up to about $42,000, which will fund nine scholarships for East Texas high school students.
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