Jun 10, 2013 12:14 AM by Alex Labat
For the 31st year in a row, residents hitched up their buggies and got ready for the festival, and festival director T.C. Cary has been along for the ride for every one.
"I'm not going to stop. If somebody else comes and we have a meeting, and I see this will go well, I'll just take me a little board seat on the side. I dunno how long my legs will hold up, or my back. A 75-year-old lady should be rocking in a rocking chair", says Cary.
She says the money generated by the festival was once given mainly to the Acadia St. Landry Hospital, but now goes towards scholarships for graduates heading into the medical field...but no matter who it goes to, Cary says it will end up back in the community.
"Our community will always need it in some shape or form. The hospital of course is where the money should go. And if the hospital doesn't need it, they can turn it over to someone else who's worthy", says Cary.
The festival, has seen a decline in participants over the past few years, but the festivities are still drawing a crowd.
"Cajun food, awesome food, bands, dancing, rides, the parade of course, so it's a fun filled weekend. Bring the family and come and have a good time and support" says Julee Reed, festival goer and mother of one of the festival's queens.
Those that rode in the parade say as long as they have buggies, they'll have a parade.
"Some people just don't care for the buggies anymore, but those that have them really enjoy showing them off", says Jenifer Fontenot.