The main reason to stop in Lafayette was the three-day celebration of music, food and art. First it has free admission and furnishes just what one needs to be entertained to the fullest. For 35 years this festival has been held the first weekend in October at Girard Park on the University of Louisiana. So if you are a "Raging Cajun", you are back on your campus.
The festival celebrates the Cajun and Creole cultures of southwest Louisiana. Three stages of music honors musical pioneer and highlight the new generation of Cajun stars. If you want to know more hit: www.festivalsacadiems.com.
Now let me tell you what happened to me at the festival. I arrived early on Wednesday to get the lay of the land. Met the lady who has been charge of the event for years and she gave me a disability pass to park nearly in the middle of all the activities. Great for one who can't walk to far. Tried first before I arrived to get a motorized wheel chair but when they would not be open when I wanted to turn it back in on Sunday so that idea went out of the window.
So for three days I heard Cajun Fiddles, Creole Accordions, Zydeco rub boards and singers of good Cajun music.
Thursday afternoon I arrived about 4 pm to hear some music and of course I did not bring a chair. I saw a stool standing outside of a small tent. In the tent were two sofas about thirty yards from the stage. There were two guys lying on the sofas drinking beer and talking to the world on their phones. I asked if I could sit on the stool outside of their tent. The said it would be okay. So with the stool I was set for good music. Two hours later, the guys were getting ready to leave and I asked if I could sit in the tent. They agreed so here I am on a beautiful night at the festival, in the small tent, lying on the sofa, listening to great music, but with no beer. There were three stages of music. The Festival stage, the Heritage stage and the La
Folks stage. I just fell into the best seats in the house at the La Folks stage area.
Problems arose on leaving. Where I parked, two cars parked real close to mine and I could not squeeze into the car. Problem solved in a few minutes when a small guy was walking by and I asked if he could hold this 290 pound guy get into the car. So he squeezed in and got the car backed out for me and I was off to the Hampton Inn for some shut eye.
Larry Eiker is a Kennett resident who enjoys traveling all over the world and experiencing great food, while bringing some of those ideas back home to the Bootheel to share with others.