Apr 25, 2013 1:10 AM by Steven Albritton
Wednesday night kicked off the 27th Festival International. The stage was set with the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Keith Frank & the Soileu Zydeco Band entertaining the crowd. Lafayette native, Ann Cross, has come to every single festival since they start. She has made it a tradition to set her chairs up hours before the first band hits the stage. Those who see her and her group each year, call them the "Front Rowers."
"I love it. I don't know what I'd do without it. I figure I'll die one day on the dance floor! I love this. I wait for the festivals all yea and I live my life around when they are going to have the festivals," Cross said.
The volunteers came out in full force as well Stephanie Collins has volunteered for festival since the first grade. She has seen first hand how big the festival has grown over the years. It's a weekend she anticipates each and every year.
"It's five days of good music, good food and good people coming together just to have a good time which is what Lafayette is all about," Collins said.
Of course with every festival in Acadiana, the food is always a highlight. Freetown Fries food truck opened up about nine months ago. This is the first time they'll be parked at Festival International. Owner Marla Kristicevich says she plans to work each day of Festival selling her specialty french fry dishes. But since it's the festival season they'll make sure they find the chance to get some dancing in.
"We got this dancing room area right here so you can shake a little something while you're serving the fries," Kristicevich said.