Taste delicious Cajun dishes and experience carnival rides, face painting, cool cars, live bands, and arts and crafts at the Lydia Cajun Food Fest. The Lydia Cancer Association will hold this annual fundraiser on Sept. 7 - 8, 2012, at Weeks Park in Lydia, La. The proceeds will benefit cancer patients in Iberia, Vermilion, St. Martin and St. Mary Parish.
"The main attraction this year will probably be the drawing for our Home for Hope house," said Ronald Landry, LCA president. "We are hoping the Home for Hope will secure a few years of funds for our association." For a $50 donation, participants can enter to win a 2,000 square-foot house in Mon Jardin Subdivision located off Albertson's Pkwy. in Broussard, La. LCA will announce the winner on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m.
The Food Fest starts on Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. with children's carnival rides, food vendors and music by The Bad Boys (6:30 - 8:30 p.m.), and Horace Trahan and The Ossun Express (9 - 11 p.m.)
On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Bayou Cruisers' open car show begins at 8 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies and poker run at 9 a.m., and the survival walk at 9:30 a.m. Revelers can sample diverse Cajun specialties at the People's Choice Cook-off and enjoy carnival rides, face painting, arts and crafts booths, T-shirt sales and nine hours of live music. LCA will distribute the cook-off awards at 4:30 p.m.
The music lineup includes Jeff Foreman and The Loreauville Playboys + One (10 - 11:30 a.m.), Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie (noon - 2 p.m.), Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band (2:30 - 4:30 p.m.), Blue Eyed Doll (5 - 6:45 p.m.), and Seasoned Soul (7:15 - 9 p.m.). T-N-C Production and DJ La La will provide the sound.
Landry said this year is a special Food Fest for LCA: "It's our 10th annual Food Fest. It's always been our main fund raising event and we hope this will be our most successful."
The Food Fest carries on the vision of James Frawley Jr. who lost his battle with cancer in 2004. Frawley funded the Morton Salt Co. Relay for Life team in 1998 to help cancer patients in need. The team was incorporated and became LCA in 2003, in time to hold its first Food Fest. The non-profit organization now provides financial assistance to hundreds of local cancer patient each year. LCA plans on extending its services to Broussard and Youngsville.
For information on the Lydia Cajun Food Fest or to purchase your Home for Hope ticket, contact Debra Savoie, 337-230-6730; Ronald Landry, 337-365-3005; or Susan Davis, 337-519-9593, www.lydiacancerassociation.org.