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Alma Rotary to host crawfish boil

Alma Rotary Club will have its third annual Crawfish Boil at the Alma Community Center from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday.

Members of the Rotary Club will be cooking up big pots of Cajun-style crawfish, with sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob. Chicken, shrimp and hot dogs for the kids will also be available, said Wayne Stewart, Alma Rotary Club president.

Tickets are free for kids 6 and under, $5 for kids 7-12, and $20 each or two for $35 for adults. Live music will be performed by Wolf Grulkey.

Rotary Club members hold the crawfish boil each year to raise money for community projects, including the completion of the community center.

This year a portion of the proceeds will go toward getting the name “Alma Community Center” placed on the side of the building, Stewart said.

“It doesn’t have a sign now, but it will,” Stewart said.

Last year, the grand opening of the community center was held during the club’s crawfish boil. Club members have been instrumental in funding and supporting the construction of the center.

“The community building was a big part of our whole first five years,” said club member Mark Yardley.

With a fully functioning kitchen and a banquet hall that can hold 120 people, the 3,700-square-foot building can be host to parties, meetings and classes.

Once the center is complete, club members can focus on other projects, Yardley said.

Completion of the community center is only one of the many things the Rotary Club helps fund, Stewart said. Boys and Girls Club of Alma is one of its key projects.

“In the five years the club has been in existence, we have donated quite a bit of money to community projects,” Stewart said.

About $3,000 was raised during last year’s boil, including money donated from sponsors, Stewart said.

Alma Community Center is located at 114 Collum Lane East in Alma. For more information about the crawfish boil, contact Stewart at (479) 632-2258.

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