NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Calling all crawfish boilers and lovers! The University of Holy Cross (UHC) has announced a brand-new one-day Crawfish Boil Cook-off to take place on the school’s Algiers campus on Saturday, April 2, from noon to 4 p.m. The inaugural mudbug cook-off contest is open to any teams in Southeast Louisiana who wish to participate. Team registration is $50 and includes five entry wristbands for the team. Entry does not include crawfish to boil.

UHC has hosted crawfish boils the past few years, but officials say the new Crawfish Boil Cook-off was created to welcome members of the New Orleans community onto UHC’s Algiers campus. The crawfish cookoff is open to the public to try crawfish, corn, potatoes, sausage and more from all the competing teams, and entry is $20 prepaid and $25 at the gate.  You can prepay at bit.ly/uhccrawfish. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash for vendors and other activities

Teams will be judged on criteria including best crawfish, best corn, best potatoes and best sausage. Winners will be announced in those categories. Teams wishing to compete can register at bit.ly/crawfishcookoff22. Prizes include a crawfish paddle and bragging rights!

“Crawfish season is a Louisiana tradition, as is the University of Holy Cross so we want to invite everyone in the community to be a part of this regional contest the first weekend of April on our beautiful spacious campus,” said UHC President Dr. Stanton McNeely. “We encourage everyone to come out to get some great crawfish, enjoy live music and have a ton of family fun.”

The Crawfish Boil Cook-off officially begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2 with the celebration continuing until 1 p.m. For more information, visit uhcno.edu/crawfish, call 504.394.7744 or email Meredith Reed at mreed@uhcno.edu.

UHC recently shot up to the 62nd overall ranking on the annual U.S, News and World Report’s list of “Regional Universities, South.” UHC is also ranked #16 for “Best Value Schools, South;” #388 for “Best Undergrad Nursing Programs, National;” and #136 for “Social Mobility, South.” UHC also received an honor for “Ethnic Diversity, South” in this year’s regional universities listings. In addition, UHC was also named to Newsweek’s list of “30 Most Affordable Private Colleges in the U.S.”