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Leeville hosts 3rd Annual Arts and Heritage Festival Saturday

Leeville hosts 3rd Annual Arts and Heritage Festival Saturday

At the 3rd Annual Leeville Arts and Heritage Festival, locals and visitors alike are invited to celebrate the historic south Lafourche fishing village with food, art and crafts and live entertainment.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, March 19 at Top Water Marina, 24015 LA 1.

According to the Daily Comet, Janet Rhodus, of Launch Leeville, said the festival’s main objective is to raise awareness about Leeville and the toll land loss has taken on the community.

Leeville sits in a precarious place, miles outside the parish’s levee system to the north. Ten miles of open water and marsh to the south separate it from Port Fourchon.

Since the opening of the elevated LA 1 Highway, Leeville has seen a decline in the amount of visitors and fishers.

And although it is still young, the festival has been successful at bringing more attention to the community and helping people reconnect with the area, Rhodus said.

This year’s festival features arts and crafts, food, music and a shrimp boulette and cracklin’ cooking competition.
Tyler Dickerson from Season 9 of “The Voice” will take the stage from 1-3 p.m., followed a performance by David Bernard & Friends.

Lafourche Parish Library staff will also be on site offering children’s programs and sharing stories and photographs of old Leeville.

Proceeds from the festival will go toward Launch Leeville’s cemetery documentation project, Thibodaux-based Hail Mary Rescue and Vet-a-GoGo, which provides basic veterinary services to the community through a travelling health unit.