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Vinita Rotary Club Announces Date of 2019 Ales & Tails

The fifth annual fundraiser, Oklahoma’s largest crawfish and Red Dirt festival, is set for Saturday, May 18.

Mark your calendars. The date has been set for Oklahoma’s largest crawfish and Red Dirt festival and it’s a party you don’t want to miss.

The fifth annual Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the American Legion Rodeo Arena in Vinita. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

A fundraiser for the Vinita Rotary Club, Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival is one of the most popular events in northeast Oklahoma. It’s a giant party that features heaping plates of crawfish and live music by some of the biggest names in the Red Dirt genre, as well as games and craft vendors from all over the state.

Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland and The Stragglers, Cameran Nelson and Whiskey Poet Society are just some of the acts who have performed on the Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival stage. Performers for the 2019 festival will be announced early next year, but festival organizers promise this year’s musical lineup will once again feature some of the hottest artists in the Red Dirt music scene.

For the tastiest part of the evening, the Vinita Rotary Club brings in piles of live Louisiana crawfish, which will be boiled Cajun-style with potatoes and corn. You’ll want to bring your appetite in order to tackle the two-pound servings of crawfish.

For those who aren’t mudbug aficionados, there will be fried catfish with hushpuppies and fried potatoes on the side.

Tickets for both the concert and meal will go on sale in a couple of months. Festival camping and VIP packages will also be available for this year’s event. Save the date and get ready for a whole lotta fun on Saturday, May 18.

All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Vinita Rotary Club’s Scholarship Foundation.

The Ales & Tails Crawfish and Red Dirt Festival will be held at the American Legion Rodeo Arena, located at 26585 South 4410 Road, in Vinita. Parking is available in several areas around the arena and will be clearly posted.

For more information on Ales & Tails, visit www.VinitaRotary.org or contact Travis Jaggars at (918) 639-8629 or Austin Brown at (918) 256-6424.


As part of Rotary, the world’s largest service organization with 1.2 million members worldwide, the Vinita Rotary Club’s 75 members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Following the Rotary motto, Service Above Self, these club members work together to create lasting change through service projects in their community, as well as nationally and internationally. Projects supported by the Vinita Rotary Club include the Backpack Program, community cleanup day, concession stand maintenance at the Bill Morgan Sports Complex in Vinita and the Nicaragua Water Well Project. The club also provides Rotary scholarships and other youth programs, including providing  local third-graders with personalized dictionaries every year. The Vinita Rotary Club meets from 12 to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, 314 West Canadian St., in Vinita.


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