The gates open at 5 p.m. today to begin the 2014 Crawfest at the Bastrop Fair Grounds.

There will be 18 other food booths open serving everything from Bailey’s Bar-b-que to Nucci’s ever popular foot-long corndogs and fresh-squeezed lemonade. There will also be Trade Day booths both inside the Joe Pate Building as well as outside. Vendors will be selling and demonstrating a wide variety of goods.

"We have some really good entertainment scheduled this year for Crawfest," Jordan continued. "Thursday night is gospel night in the Boot’s Farrar Pavilion. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., The Bayou Valley Boys will be provide an evening of joyful music."

The group formed in 2010 when Mac's Gospel Opry was opened on US Hwy. 165 and are members of The Bluegrass Gospel Association. They continue to perform at the Gospel Opry, which recently relocated to the Praise Land Worship Center on McCreight.

We all believe in singing and playing music for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God," Larry Whitehead said. "We love to sing and play our music for anyone or at any church when we are invited."

Members of the group are Whitehead, Carl Brodnax, Richard Doke, Danny Freeman, Jesse Watts, Todd Wooden and C.R. Lee.

On the midway, there will be special armband prices of $17 for rides from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. tonight and Thursday and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. Parking is free, but there is a $3 gate fee, with those under six years of age getting in free.