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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Festival of Old Times is back this weekend

Festival of Old Times is back this weekend

The 2nd Annual “La Fete des Vieux Temps”, or Festival of Old Times, will once again be held this weekend, October 2, 3 and 4.

La Fetes Des Vieux Temps will be held at the Lafourche Parish Tourist Center in Raceland at the junction of LA 1 and Highway 90.

Craft booths will line the entrance to the existing pavilion already on the site, housing both bands and food booths.

“This festival is all about preserving our community,” said festival chairman Terry Arabie. “We wanted to preserve our culture while having our own festival in the central part of the parish that incorporates the best elements of the older festivals.”

“We wanted to bring back all the great foods from our area’s festivals … the ones we all remembered and love,” Arabie said. “Fresh, made-at-the-fest cracklings, white beans and alligator sauce piquante, shrimp, and seafood of all kinds.”

Beverages will be plenty with beer and soft drinks on the list. The Festival will also feature great Cajun food, live music, pay-one-price rides, several booths of handmade crafts, an old fashioned hog boucherie, a Sauce Piquante cook off, (contact Woody Collins at 985-400-9298 to enter), a cane syrup mill, and auctions.

What makes this festival different than most festivals will be the demo area. Featured attractions include boats from the Traditional Wooden Boats Museum, basket weaving, moss doll and garfish demos, sugar cane syrup cooking, along with dancing from members of the United Houma Nation. And don’t forget the Cajun dancing!

One thing the organizers are extremely proud of is the mass that will be held on Sunday, October 4th under the pavilion at 9 a.m.

“Volunteers, auction items, setting up the booths, tearing down … we can always use help,” says Arabie. “We are not doing this for monetary gain or to get rich by any means. So any help is greatly appreciated.”

“We want people to come out and enjoy all that we have here as we remember our past festivals and traditions and create some new ones,” he added. “We want everyone to come out and have a great time, from around here as well as from everywhere.”

There will also be a tent set up with different talks held hourly on Saturday and Sunday … talks about sugarcane, Cajun French, the history of the Cajuns, Houmas Indians history, alligator farming and hunting, medicinal herbs and treatments of the old times, quilting, how to make the file’ for gumbo, the music and heritage along the bayou in the early 1900’s, Lafourche Heritage/ Lockport Museum, and Mardi Gras traditions.

The Festival will kickoff on Friday, Oct. 2 with music by “Bayou Deluxe” from 6 to 9 p.m. and “Natural Satisfaction” from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 3, entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with music by “Tet Dur” till 3 p.m., followed by “Terri and the Fellas” from 4 to 8 p.m., and “Souled Out” from 9 p.m. till 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 4, begin the day with mass at 9 a.m. “Pot 2 La” will entertain the crowd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by “Junior Lacrosse” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pay one price tickets are available at Rescue Wayne's Air & Heat, 5565 Hwy. 1, Lockport, (532-6640), for $65.

These bracelets will be good all weekend when rides are operating. After 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2nd, weekend bracelets won't be sold. Individual session bracelets will be sold only at $20/session, with 5 sessions throughout the weekend.

To get involved, volunteer, donate auction items or support the festival in any way, call Terry Arabie at 985-665-5005.