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Cajun Heritage Festival celebrating 42 years

Cajun Heritage Festival celebrating 42 years

Popular festival this Saturday and Sunday inside Larose Civic Center

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The world is faster today than it was yesterday – an age dominated by text messages, social media and flat-screened, high-resolution TVs.

But while society speeds faster each minute, one longstanding group aims to celebrate the good old days and the Cajun Culture that makes our area unique.

They aim to showcase the fabulous talent that exists in the area and the wonderful art that’s produced every day by south Louisiana’s people.

The Cajun Heritage Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Larose Civic Center – the 42th-straight year the festival celebrates the Louisiana art of duck carving and the people who craft the beautiful fowl onto wood.

Festival Chairman Robbie Matherne said the weekend is one of his favorite times of the year – a chance to cherish the area’s history, while admiring the beautiful artwork that’s on display throughout the Civic Center.

Seafood gumbo, along with hot dogs and hamburgers, will be available, along with auctions, souvenirs and more. Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 or younger. Children under 5 are admitted free.

“We’re known in Louisiana for our food and everything like that, but duck carving is part of our heritage,” Matherne said. “It’s art – Louisiana-based art. This began centuries ago as a hunting tool. People made their own decoys and everything like that. Now, it’s so much more refined and so detailed. Duck carving is a fine art, and it’s so beautiful to see.”

At the Cajun Heritage Festival, some of the best pieces in south Louisiana will be on display from an all-star cast of carvers who are eager to win prizes in the multiple categories that comprise the weekend.

Matherne said the event will feature multiple competitions, which will allow carvers of any skill to test their luck. Some competitions will be for larger fowl, while others will focus on smaller ducks.

Competitions will also be broken down via age and skill level – with the highest levels offering carvers the opportunity to earn cash prizes for victory.

Aside from the competition, several carvings will be displayed throughout the Civic Center’s floor space, offering those in attendance the opportunity to purchase some of the pieces they like most.

“Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be a champion carver to attend. We want everyone to feel welcomed,” Matherne said. “It’s a great chance to see the history of our area being continued and celebrated. It’s also a great chance to visit with great people and to maybe walk out of the doors with a piece of art for your own living space.”

Visit their website at www.cajunheritagefestival.com for more information and event times.