The 6th annual (ZFest) Zachary Arts & Music Festival will be a weekend full of activities for all art and music lovers. There will be various genres of music filling Zachary Youth Park, 1650 Mt. Pleasant Road/Hwy. 64, and the BREC Zachary Community Park, 20055 Old Scenic Highway.
Food and fun will abound. Artisans will be set up all over the park displaying and selling their work and thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s event.
In an effort to promote and enhance the economic, business and community development of Zachary, the Chamber Board of Directors has elected to improve the festivities for 2012 with the following substantive changes, which they feel will cater to a broader range of Zachary residents, families and businesses plus create a regional attraction.
The changes will:
• Enhance cultural elements of ZFest by focusing on regional artisans, culinary flavor and music
• Utilize all grounds available, including both the Zachary Youth Park and the adjacent BREC Zachary Community Park
• Partner with BREC to have a children’s village designed to entertain and instruct even the youngest kids with various inflatables, kayak lessons, a petting zoo and much more
• Provide onsite parking which will be available to all festival participants
• Reduce the duration of the event
• Provide the opportunity to sell beverages containing alcohol (beer) by using a sensitive, controlled approach
• Recruit entertainment that will attract regional interests
“We are very excited about the improvements to the festival this year, and we have hired a professional event coordinator, Megan Andrews, to schedule and direct the festival," said Chip Mills, Executive Director of Economic Development for the Chamber. "BREC and the City of Zachary have been wonderful partners. The last five years have been great, but this is going to be a significantly different and much improved ZFest."
The event is free of charge to attendees. Carnival Hours are as follows, Thursday, March 15, from 5 - 9 p.m.; Friday, March 16, 5 - 11 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 12 - 5 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Booth Hours are set for Friday, March 16, 5 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18, 12 - 5 p.m.
Advance Ticket Sales will be for the following dates and times: Thursday - $18, all night 5 - 9 p.m.; Friday - $22, all night 5 - 11 p.m.; Saturday - $35, all day 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; and Sunday - $22, all day 12 - 5 p.m.
Plans include having as many as 100 regionally and locally renowned artists selling their works. Musical entertainment scheduled includes the Chee Weez on Friday, Mar. 16, and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters on Saturday, Mar. 17, and many other great musical performances and entertainment will be featured throughout the festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"We look forward to a fun, family-oriented event during the St. Patrick's Day weekend," said Megan Andrews, event coordinator. "The new festival is designed to have families afford to comfortably stay all weekend-long and enjoy a true community atmosphere."
ZFest sponsorship opportunities are available now. If your company wants to participate as a sponsor, the Chamber needs your commitment level and logo, along with a completed sponsorship form, which can be downloaded at www.zfest.us, click on the "Sponsor" tab.
Forms need to be completed as soon as possiblE, but within the next couple of weeks.
Advertising is about to begin, and the Chamber wants to include sponsor names and company logos on all outlets available.
About Zachary Chamber of Commerce
Located in the heart of Zachary, Louisiana, the Chamber is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the economic, business and community development of the Zachary area.
The Zachary Chamber of Commerce serves as the primary voice for the Zachary business community.