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Rotary Club hosting annual Bayou Music Fest, Shrimp Boil Saturday

Rotary Club hosting annual Bayou Music Fest, Shrimp Boil Saturday

The Rotary Club of Golden Meadow is hosting its annual Bayou Music Festival and Shrimp Boil Off at the Oakridge Community Park in Golden Meadow this Saturday, October 17.

This celebration of local music and the shrimp industry is one way that the Rotary Club of Golden Meadow shares fellowship with the South Lafourche community.

The club has planned an all you can eat shrimp boil for festival goers along with popular bands in the area. Shrimp will be served from 11 a.m. until it’s gone (or to 9 p.m.). Shrimp boiling teams will vie for the title of best tasting shrimp.

Bracelets for the all you can eat shrimp will be on sale at the park pavilion for $15 per person. Children under twelve can eat for free. Hamburgers, chili dogs, nachos and cheese, homemade custard pies and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Music will be provided by Sybil and Natria from 11 a.m. until auction time at 3 p.m.

From 5 - 9 p.m., Clustafunk will entertain the crowd. After 5 p.m., entrance tickets to hear the music only will be $5 per person. Teams of four can register for a beer-drinking contest for $25 between 3 to 5:30 p.m. The contest lasts from 6 - 7 p.m. and the winning team takes all the cash from the registered teams.

Since the club’s charter was awarded in 1943, the Golden Meadow Rotary Club accomplished some amazing things throughout our community with the funds raised at events like this one. The club made improvements to the playground and park in Golden Meadow, adding rubber padding around the playground equipment, three lighted tennis courts and a basketball court.

The club also awards scholarships to students from South Lafourche High School attending Nicholls State University – currently there are four students at NSU on a $3,500 scholarship.

The Rotary Club also served over 1,000 meals to residents, power crews, and National Guardsmen after Hurricane Isaac. Yearly, two SLHS students are awarded scholarships to a team building session for upcoming youth leaders (RYLA-Rotary Youth Leadership Award). At risk, low-income children at local schools are given backpacks filled with food for the family once a month.

The club also donates money, books, and their time to local schools. As a show of support for the local Golden Meadow Police Department, the club recently purchased body armor for all the GM policemen. The club also purchased throat mics and radio buds for state officers to keep them safe in the line of duty. This year, the GM police department will receive body cameras to help make the community safer and to protect officers.

The Rotary Club of Golden Meadow participates in numerous international projects. They have built water wells in Haiti and Jamaica; finished buildings in a Uganda orphanage, sent books to Honduras, Haiti, Jamaica, and Africa, and have raised and sent funds to help eradicate polio across the globe. Since Rotary began this project, the cases of polio have decreased from nearly 1,000 per day to 40 cases per year!

Everyone is invited to join in the festivities at the Golden Meadow Park this Saturday, October 17 to eat their fill of shrimp, buy something from the auction and dance to great music.