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Tour du Teche V this weekend


Paddlers, their coureurs de bois, and traveling cheering squads are coming to the Teche Country this weekend from Texas, Kansas, Florida, Illinois, California, Wisconsin and Maryland as well as all over Louisiana.

What is drawing them here is the chance to race down the bayou for cash prizes, trophies and adventure.

Tour du Teche is a 135-mile staged race down the entire length of Bayou Teche, completed in stages over three days. There are also several one-day races held in conjunction with  Tour du Teche, the shortest of which is still a full marathon in canoe-kayak racing terms.

This is an annual opportunity to introduce the beauty, cultures, cuisine, music and joie de vivre of the Teche Country to goodwill ambassadors from all over the nation.

Volunteers of the T.E.C.H.E. Project  have been busy cleaning the  banks of trash, clearing the bridges of debris, and even gathering huge rafts of water hyacinth.

Local well-wishers gather on the banks with welcoming signs, shake cowbells and toot air horns to urge the paddlers on.

The races begin this Friday at Port Barre. Voyageurs, the recreational division competing for trophies, will start at 7 a.m. Voyageurs may compete in the 34-mile Crawfish from Port Barre to Breaux Bridge or the  49-mile Acadian, which ends at  St. Martinville, as well as the full Tour du Teche.

The Racing Division in Tour du Teche gets away from Port Barre at 9 a.m. Those are the start times for the two divisions each of the three days.

Saturday’s races begin at St. Martinville. Tour du Teche racers and Voyageurs in the Sugar Race paddle 59 miles to a finish in Franklin. Voyageurs in the Hot Sauce Race finish in New Iberia, at 24 miles the shortest race in the Tour du Teche event.

For the first time this year, voyageurs will have the  option of starting at New Iberia on Saturday and racing 35 miles to Franklin in the Black Bear Race. The start is in New Iberia’s City Park at 11 a.m.

The final leg of TDT, along with the Oil & Gas Race for Voyageurs on Sunday goes from Franklin to Berwick in 27 miles.

For more information, visit, e-mail or call (337) 394-6232 and ask for Ken.



 Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisianians that the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 Open Primary/Congressional election is Monday, Oct. 6. This deadline is for citizens who have never registered to vote as well as voters who would like to make changes to their registration. “Registration in Louisiana is robust with 85 percent of eligible citizens registered to vote,” said Secretary of State Tom Schedler. “I always encourage citizens to register, but I also want to stress the importance of checking your registration if you’re already registered to make sure your address is up to date and your status is active.” Citizens can easily and quickly register to vote online 24 hours a day, seven days a week at In addition, registration is available at each parish Registrar of Voters Office; while obtaining services at the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries; and by mail. After registering to vote or confirming your registration, download the GeauxVote Mobile smartphone app. The app provides registration information as well as voting districts, sample ballots and polling place information. “I am urging voters to view their sample ballot prior to voting due to the high number of races and candidates this year,” said Secretary Schedler. “There are more than 2,400 candidate races, 108 propositions and 14 constitutional amendments statewide, so studying your ballot ahead of election day will be critical.” Early voting is scheduled for Oct. 21-28 for the Nov. 4 primary election. For more information, visit   



With a sound that conjures Patsy Cline, a Johnny Cash attitude and a reverence for Merle Haggard and Bob Wills, Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue pull from the best of Honky Tonk, Western Swing and Rockabilly classics (and a few originals) to create a show that is pure American roots. Gal Holiday will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Jeanerette Museum located at 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette. Best of all this performance is being held free of charge and is open to all ages. For more information, contact the Jeanerette Museum at 337-276-4408 from Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visit the museum online at, find the museum on Facebook This event is also sponsored by Iberia Recreation.


ARTISTS:  We invite you to participate in the (Fall) Downtown Art Walk on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 4pm – 7pm, and ask that you please respond by email to with your intentions and location preference.  If you are acquainted with a downtown business owner, please contact them soon to confirm your location, then email or fax me at (337-373-3108) the details for your placement on the location map.  If you do not have a site, please email your contact info along with your preferred location, your art discipline, the size, and number of displays. DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS: We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 4pm to 7pm for the (Fall) Downtown Art Walk.  If you’ve already booked an artist please email me the details.  Artwalk Poster and info



The Jeanerette Bicentennial Museum will present A Journey Through the History of Cajun Music at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22. Using archival recordings contained in the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies’ Archive of Cajun and Creole Folklore, as well as a live performance, Chris Segura and Michael Martin will discuss the history of Cajun music from the earliest examples to the most recent innovations. This event is being held free of charge at the museum located at 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette, La. For more information visit the museum online at; email, visit the museum on Facebook or call the museum 337-276-4408 Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Jeanerette Live

The Jeanerette Community Development Corporation is hosting Jeanerette Live from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8 on Main Street in Jeanerette.

Mayor Aprill Foulcard brought together representatives from fourteen different nonprofit groups in Jeanerette to organize this event.

This event will feature booths with handmade or hand crafted items, a kids zone, and food and live music throughout the day. The feature band, Krossfyre, will take the stage at 7 p.m.  This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Booth space is $50 for vendors wishing to participate. Vendors can apply on the Jeanerette Live! website. For more information visit, or contact Phaedra Perkins at 985-714- 6438 or


Office of Motor Vehicles Now Accepting Multiple Forms of Payment

 BATON ROUGE – Motor Vehicle Offices across the state of Louisiana have implemented and installed devices that allow citizens to pay their fees utilizing debit cards, credit cards and e-checks.  This enhancement provides convenience and is currently functional in all Motor Vehicle Offices across the state. Presently, there is a convenience fee of $1.25 plus 1% of total charge on all debit and credit card transactions and a flat $1.00 convenience fee on all e-checks. **REMINDER:  Many OMV services are available via  Save time and renew online!!!


Sheriff Louis Ackal advises that the public is now able to access crash reports from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office website.  A person involved in a crash can now go to and click on the link (CRASH REPORTS ONLINE) then enter either a report number or name of person involved in crash and receive a copy of their crash report.  The cost of the report is $13.50 which can be paid online.  Sheriff Ackal has implemented this service to better assist the public. 


Toddler Time Returns to the Library in October!   

Are you looking for a program to share with your little ones ages 24-35 months? Iberia Parish Library’s Toddler Time is back this fall starting on October 1st at 10:30 a.m. This eight-week program happens on every Wednesday morning at the Main Library until November 19th. Here, you and your child can listen to stories, make easy crafts, enjoy finger plays, and sing along to songs. Did we mention that this is absolutely FREE? Registration is required; please call the Main Library at 364.7134. Make sure to rise and shine early, and come Wednesday mornings to Toddler Time at the Iberia Parish Library.


Terror on the Teche at The Shadows on the Teche

The highly anticipated return for Terror on the Teche is here! On Saturday, October 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Shadows and Iberia Parish Library invite you to come listen to spooky stories appropriate for all ages and enjoy yummy treats under the historic oaks of the Shadows. The event storyteller will be the always-amazing Sherry T. Broussard, who is returning for a second go-round to send us all to bed with shivers. So make sure the kids wear their Halloween costumes and come out to Terror on the Teche located on 317 E. Main Street in New Iberia. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Iberia Parish Main Library or at the Shadows gift shop. In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the Main Library located at 445 E. Main St., New Iberia.



Let’s Get to Craftin’!

There’s always something to keep your hands busy, at Iberia Patish Library. For the month of October all of our branches have activities for the young and not-so-young patrons of Iberia Parish. Here’s a quick glance at what’s coming up:

-          Oct 2nd, Parkview Branch: a paper tree you can decorate with puzzle pieces

-          Oct 4th, Jeanerette Branch: make a scarecrow out of popsicles to celebrate fall

-          Oct 6 – 10, Loreauville Branch: kids can create their own owl, witch, picture frame to get into the spirit of Halloween

-          Oct 11th , St. Peter Branch: this is a chance for adults to be creative at their library by making a simple yet stunning fall décor out of cinnamon brooms

-          Oct 11th, Jeanerette Branch: adults will get to be creative at the library by making a fall wreath out of coffee filters

-          Oct 22nd, Main Library: kids can make and take a fun Halloween door hanger, that’s certain to liven up your spirit(s)

For a complete calendar of events, go online to Consider putting those creative juices to good use and get to craftin’!



On Friday, October 10th Coteau Branch Library will be presenting a wonderful adult workshop called “A Moment in Time.” The workshop will teach patrons the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf, and so on, also known as decoupage!  To register for this event please call 364.7430 or go online to Please bring pictures of your own, to make your decoupage object that much more personal.


Come. Sit. Knit.

The Parkview Branch Library would like to extend a warm welcome to teens and adults 13 and older to Sit and Knit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new knitter or a needle master; you’re invited to join others in a knit-a-thon every Tuesday at 6:00 PM. The fun starts October 7th and will continue for several months. For more information, call the Parkview Branch at (337) 364-7480. New members are encouraged to attend and are always welcome. Supplies are not provided.


DIY T-shirt Scarves

 Grab an old t-shirt (or a new one) in your favorite color, grab a friend and join us at the Main Library on Thursday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. to learn how to cut and create a no-sew scarf just in time for winter. Please make sure to bring at least one shirt along with you. This program is suitable for children (10+) and adults. Please call 364-7150 to let us know that you are coming. 


Iberia Parish Library Introduces Freegal Music Service!

The Iberia Parish Library is proud to announce their newest service through Freegal Music. Freegal gives library patrons access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog by just using their library card. It is absolutely FREE and requires no software downloading. The best part about it is that the song is theirs to keep. The link is on the library’s home page,  It is 100% internet based, and can be accessed from home, the library, or any other place that has an internet connection. For more information on this free service, you can always call the Main Library at 364.7024.



 IPAL Membership and Season Ticket Drive Underway

The 2014-2015 IPAL Membership Drive and Season Ticket Drives for the Iberia Peroforming Arts League are now underway.  IPAL’s MEMBERSHIP DRIVE helps to ensure financial stability for IPAL independent of ticket sales.  An IPAL membeship plays an important role in meeting the many challenges faced by a non-profit theater group. The rising cost of utilities, telephone, insurance, maintenance, royalties, costumes, set expenses, technical upgrades, theater improvements, etc., makes IPAL MEMBERSHIPS CRUCIAL to keeping the Essanee doors open.  Membership Levels Range from $25 and up.  MEMBERS also receive IPAL’s newsletter, recognition in the program, and listing on the large posters in the lobby. SEASON TICKET purchase is a convenience provided those theater-goers interested in assuring tickets and seats for all show. Season tickets are offered at a price of $60.  IPAL will present the 5 productions in its 2014-2015  season including three musical offerings. Season plays include  “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Godspell“ (musical), “A USO Christmas Show” (an original IPAL musical production), “The Drowsy Chaperon” (musical) and “The Rainmaker.” To Obtain information on both Membership and Season Tickets, please contact IPAL at it e-mail address ( or by calling 364-6114 and leaving a message with name and return phone number. More information can also be found at the group’s website.

IPAL Announces 2014-2015 Season

                 The Iberia Performing Arts League is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 regular Theater Season.  This Season will include two dramatic plays and three musical productions of various types sure to please every taste. IPAL performs in the historic Essanee Theater in New Iberia, La. With a large theater seating 200, and a modern light and sound system, IPAL is able to offer the Iberia Community and surrounding areas top notch theater in a pleasant environment.  All IPAL plays run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 with a Sunday Matinee at 3:00

                 Following the season opener will be a musical, “Godspell“,  by John-Michael  Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz. Based loosely on the Gospel of Mathew, the show presents a series of parables interspersed with a variety of modern music, some rock-flavored. The show has played since 1971 on and off Broadway and in numerous tours.  Directed by Donna Berard, the show will run November 6-16, 2014.

Next up in IPAL’s season will be an original IPAL production, “A USO Christmas Show”. The setting will be somewhere overseas sometimes in the 40’s or 50’s!  It’s a sure fire bet that those Christmas Classics will be included, along with special guests and specialty acts. Bob Hope television season took America to USO shows many years ago …and now IPAL does it again.  The show will run only one weekend, December  11-14, 2014, and will be directed by Kim Monroe.

 IPAL’s grand spring musical will be “The Drowsy Chaperone” by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music by Lisa Lambert.   This musical comedy is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged musical theatre fan; as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, it actually comes to life in his apartment. The musical score is jazzy, the humor is constant, the IPAL orchestra will be in the pit and IPAL will do its “magic” again.  The show was nominated for every major Tony Award in 2006 and won the Tony award for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. “The Drowsy Chaperone” also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as many other awards.  It runs three weeks March 6-22, 2015 and will be directed by Travis Guillory.

                Rounding off IPAL’s 2014-2015 Season will be “The Rainmaker” by N. Richard Nash.  Set in dust bowl Oklahoma, the  play has been described as insightful, comedic and romantic. A charming confidence trickster named Starbuck arrives and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100. His arrival changes many-a-life. The 1956 movie of the drama starred Burt Lancaster as Starbuck and Katherine Hepburn as Lizzie Curry. The play will be directed by Dianne Moss and runs May 28-June 7, 2015

                Both individual and Season Tickets are available for all IPAL productions. Tickets are $10 for regular plays and for the Christmas show, $15 for “Godspell” (student discounts with ID), and $20 for “The Drowsy Chaperone.” A block of Season Tickets can be purchased for $60 which saves patrons $5 on individual prices and provides advance assigned seating for The Drowsy Chaperone.  For ticket information contact IPAL at 337-364-6114 and leave name and return phone number. Season tickets can also be obtained at or by visiting IPAL’S website .





DOTD determined that a MULTI-WAY STOP is no longer warranted at the intersection of LA 677 (Landry Dr.) and Fulton St.  The stop signs are no longer posted on LA 677 (Landry Dr.).  Take extra precautions in this area due to these changes.

Recycling and Bulky Waste pick-up schedule

The City of New Iberia will not host the Hazardous Waste Day this year.  The following information should be valuable to those residents wishing to dispose of items in an environmentally friendly manner.  The following items can be dropped off at these vendors: recyclelocations.pdf

Allied Waste announced that beginning the week of January 6th, recycling will be picked up every other week on the same day of the week as your garbage,

Gordon Disposal announced a change in the yard waste, furniture and light construction debris collection schedule for its customers in the City of New Iberia.  As part of a new contract with the City, curbside collection of yard waste and debris will be twice per month instead of weekly, effective December 3, 2012.  Service for residents north of the railroad tracks will be on the 1st and 3rd week of the month.  Residents south of the railroad tracks will be serviced on the 2nd and 4th week of the month.  There will not be a set day per household.  Residents are asked to place items at the curb on Sunday night.  Gordon’s will begin picking up on Monday and continue through the week until collection is complete. For questions or concerns please call the Mayor’s office at (337) 369-2300.



Iberia Parish government announces the closure of South Grand Prairie Road, between South Highway 90 Frontage Road and Highway 14, beginning Thursday, July 17, 2014. This closure is necessary for work crews to perform road improvements and drainage work. No thru traffic will be allowed until the completion of the project, which is expected to last approximately 100 days, weather permitting. Emergency access will be available from South Highway 90 Frontage Road only. Iberia Parish Government apologizes for any inconvenience that this closure may cause. 


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) is conducting an open house public meeting for the proposed LA 31 & LA 92 Roundabout project. The proposed project would consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection with a one lane (11-foot wide) roundabout. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the project and to obtain input from interested parties. There will be a continuous multi-media presentation about the project. Additional project information will be available. Representatives from LADOTD will be available at the open house to answer questions and discuss issues related to the project. Verbal and written comments on the project can be submitted at the meeting. Comments can also be mailed to the LADOTD address shown below, postmarked by October 9, 2014. The public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the St. Martin Parish Government Building 301 West Port Street, St. Martinville, LA 70582
Should you require special assistance, due to a disability, to participate in this public meeting, please contact LADOTD by mail at the address shown below, or by telephone at 225.242.4517, at least five working days prior to the meeting.

Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Environmental Engineer Administrator, Section 28
P.O. Box 94245
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245


BROUSSARD, LA – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announces that the southbound left lane of U.S. 90, between Celebrity Drive and Albertson Parkway, will be closed for construction work beginning Monday, August 18.
During the closure, two travel lanes will remain open at all times and emergency vehicles will have access to the area as construction crews build temporary travel lanes in the median in preparation for an upcoming traffic shift. Drivers are reminded to be alert for construction workers, their vehicles and equipment.
As part of DOTD’s Geaux South construction program, this $57.1 million effort will widen U.S 90 to six-lanes from Albertson Parkway to north of the Ambassador Caffery intersection in Broussard. The project will also include construction of a U.S. 90 overpass above Albertson Parkway, a new railroad overpass, and modification of the adjacent frontage roads. Work on the project is slated for completion in mid-2017.
Geaux South is a $3 billion multi-year construction program that will convert approximately 160 miles of the current U.S. 90 corridor to Interstate 49 South. When completed, I-49 will extend from the current terminus at I-10 in Lafayette to the West Bank Expressway in New Orleans.
The Geaux South program will facilitate economic growth, improve access, reduce future traffic congestion, and improve connectivity throughout the state’s transportation system. Completion of the project will improve the daily commute for workers by decreasing travel time and enhancing safety. Additionally, the planned improvements will allow local governments to evacuate residents easier in the event of a natural disaster.
For more information on the Geaux South program, visit You may also follow progress at, and on Twitter @GeauxSouth49.

Beginning Monday, August 18, until Sunday, November 9, La. 330 at the Bayou Tigre Bridge will be closed to motorists to allow crews to perform repairs. The closure will take place along La. 330 from La. 14 to La. 685.
The detour includes:
If traveling north of the Bayou Tigre Bridge: Travel north on La. 330 to La. 14, west (left) on La. 14 to La. 685 and then south (left) on La. 685 to La. 330.
If traveling south of the Bayou Tigre Bridge: Travel south on La. 330 to La. 685, then north (right) on La. 685 to La. 14.


DOTD announces plans to pursue design-build construction for I-49 South project in St. Mary Parish

Monday, July 07, 2014 9:13 AM

JEANERETTE, La. – Today, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Sherri H. LeBas announced plans to move forward with the construction of I-49 South by pursuing a design-build contract for the construction of the U.S.90/La. 318 interchange in St. Mary Parish.
“The completion of I-49 South is a priority for the state,” said Secretary LeBas. “We’re able to pursue innovative ways, such as the design-build method, to move us one step closer to achieving our goal of upgrading U.S. 90 to interstate standards."
Earlier today, DOTD issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) seeking a design-build firm to construct the next section of I-49 South, the U.S. 90/La. 318 interchange in St. Mary Parish. The NOI can be viewed on DOTD’s website.
The proposed project includes upgrading the existing U.S. 90 and La. 318 signalized intersection to a full control of access, grade-separated interchange including the reconstruction of the U.S. 90 frontage roads to provide local access to La. 318. As part of the plan, the project would improve connectivity for industrial and freight transport to the sugar mill and port-related industries, as well as increase capacity and improve overall mobility.
The estimated project cost is $55M - $65M and will be funded by a combination of federal and state funds. The contract is expected to be executed in June, 2015 and completed in three years.
Additionally, in December 2013, DOTD announced the winning bid for another I-49 South design-build project in Lafayette Parish. The $57.1 million project will widen U.S. 90 along the U.S. 90/I-49 South corridor from north of Ambassador Caffery Parkway to Albertson’s Parkway in Lafayette Parish. The contract was executed in February 2014. The project is estimated to begin construction by the end of this month and completed in three years.
Since 2008, the state has invested $6.4 billion in more than 7,000 miles of Louisiana’s roadways. This total includes $638 million towards transportation along the U.S. 90 corridor and approximately $14 million in St. Mary Parish.




NEW IBERIA, La. --- The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to experience our famous attractions, world renowned cuisine, contagious music, sizzling events and people who never meet a stranger. Join us and savor the difference in Iberia Parish!

Oct. 1 - 15, 2014 Photography & Beyond Exhibit at the Shadows - Exhibit of Roxy Blanton's and Margaret Melancon's work. Shadows on the Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,, 

Oct. 1 - 31, 2014 Iberia Parish Library Events - Check  for details. Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia, 337-364-7150, 

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2014 - GLC Farmers Market - Local farmers selling produce, plants, honey, homemade pies and other items grown locally. Grass-fed beef, pork and lamb are also available at the meat market during this time. GLC Meat Market, 211 N. Main St., Loreauville, Wed. 2 - 6 p.m., 337-577-9160,,

Oct. 3, 2014 Acadiana Barrel Racing Association- Regional barrel race series. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, Fri. 3 - 10 p.m., 337-365-7539,, 

Oct. 3 - 5,  2014 Tour du Teche Canoe Race - Annual 135-mile canoe, kayak and pirogue race on Bayou Teche with local culture and flavor featuring nightly festivals at each stop. Bayou Teche, Port Barre to Patterson, Fri. - Sun. all day, 337-394-6232,

Oct. 4, 2014 Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market - Held monthly on the first Saturday of each month. Enjoy what's fresh for the season from area farms and local waters, along with tasting opportunities and recipes, live music, kids' activities and other special events. 605 S. Railroad St., Delcambre, Sat. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., 800-884-6120 ext. 7,, 

Oct. 4, 2014 Shadows Arts & Crafts Fair - Over ninety vendors display their art and crafts in the Shadows gardens. Paintings, jewelry, children's clothing, cypress furniture, candles, wine and much more. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia, Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.,  337-369-6446,, 

Oct. 4 - 5, 2014 SugaSheaux - Regional horse show and ranch sorting competition. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, Sat - Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,, 

Oct. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 2014 - Teche Area Farmers Market -

Experience our harvest of delicious, locally grown produce and homemade products by area farmers, artists and crafters. Also included are handcrafted cypress yard objects, bread and fresh baked goods, ceramics, honey, jellies, jams, herbs, candies, wooden bowls and utensils, birdhouses, garden benches and much more. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Tues. 2:30 - 6 p.m., Sat. 7 - 11 a.m., 337-369-2330,

Oct. 9, 2014 - Safety Net for Abused Persons Candlelight Vigil - Candlelight Vigil down Main Street. Steamboat Pavilion at Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Thurs. 6 - 8 p.m., 337-367-7627,

Oct. 10 - 12, 2014 - SugarFest Classic Added Money Barrel Race - Regional added money barrel race competition. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, Fri. - Sun. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., 337-365-7539,, 

Oct. 11, 2014 - OnTap Roux Run - 5K run through New Iberia. Breakfast of Champions and drink specials at finish line. Sign up begins at 7 a.m. Downtown New Iberia-Main Street, Sat. 8 - 9:30 a.m., 337-352-2180, 

Oct. 11, 2014 - Jeanerette Farmers Market - Locally grown foods and handmade items. Jeanerette City Park, Tarleton Street, Sat. 8 a.m. - noon, 337-276-4293,,

Oct. 11 - 12, 2014 World Championship Gumbo Cookoff - Family oriented food festival in historic downtown New Iberia. Music all weekend. Anything but gumbo mid-day Saturday. The "Battle of the Roux's" on Sunday-gumbo serving at 11 a.m. Awards mid afternoon. Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, Sat. 11:30 a.m - 10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 337-364-1836,, 

Oct. 17 - 18, 2014 Tailgating Cookoff Cajun tailgating cookoff. Softball tournament and live music by the Andy Smith Band Friday. Cooking competition on Saturday with arts and crafts, bingo, live/silent auction and live entertainment by Pepper Jelly, The Band Cocodrie and Chubby Carrier. The Loreauville Park, 601 Ed Broussard Rd., Loreauville, Fri. 8 p.m. - midnight, Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., 337-577-3852, 

Oct. 18, 2014  New Iberia Downtown ArtWalk - Local artists gather in the downtown area to showcase their work. Begins at Shadows-on-the-Teche (317 E. Main St.), following Main Street to Railroad Avenue, then to A&E and NILA Gallery on West St. Peter Street. Historic Downtown New Iberia, Sat. 4 - 7 p.m., 337-369-2330.

Oct. 19, 2014 - Safety Net for Abused Persons Painting With A Twist - Anyone can register online or at the studio through SNAP. Painting With a Twist, 1119 Center St., New Iberia, Sun. 2 - 5 p.m., 337-367-7627,

Oct. 22 2014 Cajun Music History Talk and Music Demonstration - Musician Chris Segura and University of Louisiana at Lafayette Professor Michael Martin will discuss the history of Cajun music from the earliest examples to the most recent innovations, using archival recordings contained in the UL Lafayette's Center for Louisiana Studies' Archive of Cajun and Creole Folklore, as well as a live performance.  Jeanerette Museum, 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette, Wed. 6 - 8 p.m., 337-380-9057,,

Oct. 23, 2014  BestLife Iberia Flash Market - Mobile farmers market held every fourth Thursday of the month. Iberia Community Garden, 1505 S. Hopkins St., New Iberia, Thurs. 4 - 6 p.m., 337-367-0834, case of inclement weather, the market is moved to the First United Methodist Church Ministries Center, 211 W. St. Peter St. in New Iberia. 

Oct. 25, 2014 Brudley's Wild Game Cookoff - Cookoff including wild game, seafood, jambalaya, desserts and other home cooking, live entertainment, silent auction, exotic animal exhibits and activities for the kids. SugArena @ Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia, Sat. 5 - 8 p.m, 337-268-9555,

Oct. 25, 2014 - Showtunes Sing-Along - Envision daBerry invites everyone to participate in belting their favorite musicals in a piano lounge-style setting. Free admission. Des Amis Dining and Catering, 225 W. Main St., New Iberia, Sat. 7 - 11 p.m.,,

Oct. 26, 2014  Halloween Children's Festival & Costume Contest - Costume Contest at 2:00pm, games, fun jump, cake walk, concessions. Cyr Gates Community Center, 300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia, Sun. 12 - 4 p.m., 337-369-2337.


For more information on parish events call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit  


Upcoming Events Around the Cajun Coast! - St. Mary Tourist Commission

October 3rd

4th Annual St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce & Morgan City Rotary Club 4 Person Scramble "Par is Your Friend" Golf Tournament will be held with 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild in Patterson.  Contact 985-395-4653 or log on for more information.


October 3rd - 5th

Tour du Teche V - Louisiana's Paddle Adventure Canoe Race

first top-to-bottom canoe and kayak challenge, 52-hour, 135-mile marathon down Bayou Teche will be held from Port Barre to the Berwick Lighthouse. Paddlers will overnight in Franklin on October 4th and will be greeted with live music by Johnny Chauvin & Mojo from 5 to 7 p.m. and Alfred Hill, Ajah Diggs, Michelle Bradley and Joe Mitchell from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Performances will take place behind the Blevins Building in downtown Franklin. The finish line, located in Berwick, will have events awaiting paddlers on October 5th. Arts and Crafts vendors will open their booths at 9 am, along with jambalaya dinners. Musical entertainment will be by Gone Pecan from 10 am-4 pm. This year's event will have a car show, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, petting zoo and carnival style games. The arts and crafts show will have no booth fee. The car show is being hosted by Cypress Corvette Club and will have a $20 entry fee. Contact Misty Pillaro, at the Town of Berwick, at (985) 384-8858 for additional information on the arts and crafts show and car show. Awards will take place at 1 pm and at 4 pm. The public is encouraged to come out to all the activities taking place, to welcome paddlers and join in on the fun! For additional information contact Ken Grissom at (337) 394-6232, visit for a registration packet, or email You can also contact the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau at (800) 256-2931, visit their website at, or email for additional information.

October 4th

2nd Annual Run with the Fuzz 5K Run/Walk sponsored by St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Department Benevolent Association will be held at 8 a.m. at Berwick High School.  Contact on facebook RunWithTheFuzz5KFunRunWalk for more information.


October 9th

Representative Joe Harrison Golf Tournament will be held with a 7 a.m. & a 1 p.m. shotgun start at the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild in Patterson.  Contact 985-395-4653 or log on for more information.


October 11th

Hoodstock: Come out and enjoy family, friends, entertainment, health and wellness and education! Bring your lawn chairs. Hoodstock was organized in 2011. The idea was birthed on social media; via a Facebook post in efforts to bolster community pride and support. Due to declining morality among residents, Hoodstock was organized as a movement to restore neighborhood solidarity. The idea flourished and subsequently gained community backing. We're honored that one of this year's sponsor is St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce. Hoodstock will be held in Brownell Homes in Morgan City on October 11 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The event is open to the public. Sponsorship and vending opportunities are available. For vendors, call (985) 255-0040 or visit to download the vendor registration form. For sponsorship, call (985) 255-0896.



October 11 & 12th

B.H.P.A. City Championships Horseshoe Pitching Tournament will be held all day at Kemper Williams Park in Patterson.  Contact 985-385-3858 for more information.


October 13th

The St. Mary Community Concert Association will present "Let's Hang On" at 

7:30 p.m. in the Schreier Theater of the Municipal Auditorium in Morgan City.  

A coffee social for members will be held in the concourse outside the theater entrance prior to the concert.  Contact 985-385-2307 or log on for more information.


October 18 & 19th

USSSA Golf Tournament will be held with an 11 a.m. tee-time at the Atchafalaya Golf Course at Idlewild in Patterson.  Contact 985-395-4653 or log on for more information.


We are now open to the public at our new location! Come by and visit us!
900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Morgan City, LA 70380
800.256.2931 | 985.380.8224 





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