Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:17 AM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 9:33 AM
With only one week left in August, the fall festival season is ramping up.
The 37th Annual Duck Festival kicks off with a bang tonight. Organizers say they'll be up for the next 72 hours making sure everything is perfect for the weekend.
"I'm excited to see all my friends that come here every year from out of town, that I may not see but once a year. That's what I enjoy mostly about the festival it's more like a homecoming," said Festival President Ronnie Lougon.
Lougon, President of the Gueydan Festival says they offer unique events that you'll only see at this festival.
"The dog trials, the duck calling contest, the skeet shooting activities but I guess the biggest draw is the entertainment and we have a lot of people that come to see the pageant," said Lougon.
Pageant Director Judy Leblanc says the pageant gets bigger every year and it takes months of preparations for the highly sought after crown.
"The queen gets to travel all over Louisiana. She'll get to go anywhere that she's invited too, she gets to attend and this year is a Washington DC year, so she gets to go to the DC Mardi Gras Ball," said Leblanc.
As always the event attracts thousands from Acadiana and beyond. Organizers say they're ready for a fun-filled weekend but even more anxious to start planning for next years festival on Monday.
"I love the festival, I wait every year for the festival itself. I love the pageant but mostly I get fired up for the festival," said Leblanc.
The festival gets underway at 6p.m. with family night and free admission to the park. The festivities continue throughout the weekend.
for a list of events, go to http://www.duckfestival.org/