All are welcome to attend this celebration which includes free admission and parking.
LA Vets Fest will be an annual event.
Scheduled events for Friday, Nov. 9 include:
A static military display presented by the Louisiana National Guard, a chicken and sausage gumbo cook-off, dancing and live music by the Josh Garrett Band, Waylon Thibodeaux Band and other musical acts.
The presentation of colors will be made by the West Feliciana High JROTC.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, be sure to arrive hungry as there will be cook-off competitions for BBQ chicken, smoked brisket, pulled pork and a jambalaya with Louisiana restaurateurs and local dignitaries sitting in as the guest judges.
Serving of food begins at 11:30 a.m.
Desserts, water, soft drinks and beer will also be for sale both days.
Entertainment will be provided by the West Feliciana Parish High School Band, the Alaina Richard band, the Angola Band, local dance groups, Jazzercise and Kim’s Institute of Self Defense.
In addition, live and silent auctions will begin around 12:45 p.m. featuring items such as BBQ pits, a Remington 270 Rifle, LSU and Saints paddles, a sun dial, artwork, plants and much more. An AR-15, M4 rifle - the kind used to take out Osama Bin Laden out - will also be raffled.
The silent auction will end around 2:15 p.m.
U.S. Army soldiers will be brought in by tanks, helicopters and personnel carriers to give descriptions and narrate the equipment for attendees.
The soldiers and equipment will be available for photo opportunities.
Also on Saturday, a special four-jet fly over will be made by the Louisiana Air National Guard.
Several biker clubs - consisting of Veterans - have been invited along with car clubs from the area and neighboring states. Children’s activities will include inflatable bounce houses, games and much more.
La. Vets Fest t-shirts and a limited number of poster prints - made from an original painting by a U.S. soldier - will also be sold.
Booths will be set up for Veterans seeking employment assistance and for West Feliciana Parish Tourism activities.
Make plans to attend the inaugural LA Vets Fest beginning today, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, in St. Francisville. This will be a festival you won't want to miss!
For more information, visit www.lavetsfest.com.
All proceeds raised at the festival will benefit Veterans in need through the Louisiana Veterans Foundation.
The Louisiana Veterans Foundation is a Louisiana non-profit corporation with a 501(c)(3) status declaration with the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation’s goal is to assist Veterans, their families and the families of active duty military personnel who reside in the state of Louisiana and who have a qualified need that cannot be met through their own resources or other community resources.
While assistance is typically for financial need, some services are targeted toward family members such as scholarships toward college education. The Foundation secures funds through endowments, corporate sponsorships and charitable events.