“The 2011 festival will be outstanding, featuring a great lineup of special guest honorees, a fair with plenty of rides for all to enjoy, outstanding vendors, including arts and crafts in the Square downtown, and once again, a large and interesting parade lineup,” Plaisance said.
The Louisiana Cattle Festival will welcome National Country Music Artist Payton Rae and her entourage, who are scheduled to be in attendance. Miss Rae, Parade Grand Marshal, will entertain festival enthusiasts on Sunday.
An added feature again this year will be airplane rides at the Chris Crusta Abbeville Municipal Airport to benefit the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Grand Parade is set for Sat., Oct. 15, beginning at 1 p.m. Once again, tailgating is encouraged along the parade route to enjoy the huge parade.
“There are 14 committees working on this year’s festival to make it one of the best ever,” Plaisance added.
This year’s honoree banquet will again be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center, Thursday evening, October 13, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available, for $10 each, from any festival member or by calling (337) 652-0646. The meal is being catered by Chef Bobby and Dot Catering with music provided by Westbound. The Abbeville City Police will present the Colors, and Terry Bessard will provide the special music. Entertainment will be provided by Cajun Humorist “Couyon Duhon”.
The 2011 festival honoree list features many outstanding guests. Geno Delafose has been selected as King; Abbeville Fire Dept. Hero, Jace Hebert, as Humanitarian; Abbeville Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Matt Suire, as Citizen of the Year; Dupuy’s Restaurant, Jody and Tonya Hebert, owners, as Restaurant of the Year; and LAFF Queen of Queens, Courtney Hoffpauir, as Ambassador of the Year. In addition, the Hall of Fame selections are Mooney Moss and her late husband Greg Moss, who will be honored current and posthumous respectfully.
The cattle industry honorees include Bryan Veazey, Outstanding Cattleman; Leah Broussard, Beef Scholarship Winner; Cade Marceaux, Junior Cattleman; and Victoria Frederick, Junior Parade Marshall. Finally, the Grand Parade is being dedicated to Ms. Victoria Foreman. “Gale Luquette, Entertainment Chairman, has organized an outstanding lineup of entertainment featuring 10 bands on two stages,” Plaisance said.
Friday night Stage 1 will feature Timbo the One Man Band, Grammy Award Winner Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and Geno Delafose, while Stage 2 will feature Warren Storm, Willie Tee and the Cypress Band with special guest Tommy McClain, and Jaryd Lane. Saturday night Stage 1 will feature Al “Lil Fats” Jackson, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin Cajuns, and Travis Matte, while Stage 2 will feature The Cypress City Band, Richard LeBoeuf with Special Guest Schel Reaux, and Robbeaux. The Fa Tras Cajun Band will perform prior to the Grande parade Saturday on the east side of the courthouse, a new addition to the festival.
“Sunday will be a very special day of entertainment with the Louisiana Kids, followed by National Country Music Recording Artist Payton Rae in concert,” Plaisance said. “This will be a true Family Day treat.”
The festival appreciates all the support of the citizens and businesses in the community, and encourages everyone to access the festival’s award winning web site at www.louisianacattlefestival.org. The public may call the festival office at (337) 385-2397, or call Francis Plaisance, president, at (337) 652-0646 for additional information.