The 33rd annual Laurel Valley Spring Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Laurel Valley Village, 595 La. 308, Thibodaux.
Executive Director Paul Leslie said this festival takes place to "acquaint the visitors with the sugar-cane culture through the plantation that we have here at Laurel Valley, which is the largest surviving sugar plantation complex in America."
However, another reason the festival is hosted is to allow people to sell their arts and crafts and make a some money for the projects at Laurel Valley from sales in the store.
There will be between 46 and 85 vendors at the festival selling handmade items. Those who want to participate and set up a booth are not charged.
The festival is important to the community as it is the "only sugar-cane festival that has original buildings that are in place as they were in 1926 when the plantation stopped producing sugar. We also have one of the largest collections of plantation memorabilia in Louisiana in our country store, plus the fact that in our quarter section we have over 56 buildings that represent a lifespan of the plantation from about 1835 to 1926," Leslie said.
Something different this year will be the number of bands that will be playing at the festival. According to Leslie, there will be a bigger number of bands but people will have to wait until the day of the event to know who will be playing.
There will be food provided such as jambalaya, white beans and hamburgers for $5 a plate. People will also be able to pet and feed some animals such as chickens, goats, pigs and peacocks.
Profits will go to the Laurel Valley Village operations even though "there is not much in profits," Leslie said. It's a free event open to the public.
For information call 446-7456.
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