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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Popular Cajun Heritage Festival celebrating 41 years

Popular Cajun Heritage Festival celebrating 41 years

Festival this weekend inside Larose Civic Center

The world is faster today than it was yesterday – an age dominated by text messages, social media and flat-screen, 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 this weekend inside the Larose Civic Center – the 41st 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.

Food and drinks are also available for those in attendance and admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 or younger.

“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 which comprise the weekend.

Matherne said the event will feature multiple competitions, which will allow carvers of any skill to test their luck, including a duck calling contest Saturday at 3 p.m.

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. This is welcome to anyone. 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.”

Stop by and view the beautiful pieces on display or just to have a bowl of seafood gumbo. Hot dogs, hamburgers souvenirs, Cajun crafts, and more will be offered throughout the weekend.

See the ad on page 2-A for event times and schedules, or visit