Cheers – Options abound

If your preference is delicious food, beautiful arts and crafts or bubbly brew, there is something for you happening today.

The sixth annual Bayou Beer Fest honors and benefits local veterans. The fest, which features all sorts of varieties of beer, run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. Entrance into the event costs $40, but non-drinkers can attend for free. The event is limited to those who are 21 or older.

The third annual Soul Food Festival at Gray Park, 3289 W. Park Ave., will feature some great food – savory and sweet – as well as plenty of fun activities for the whole family. Admission is free.

Meanwhile, downtown Thibodaux will be transformed into the site of Thibodeauxville, a huge, fun festival that features food, music, arts and crafts, a car show and just about anything else you might want in a festival. Admission is free, but be sure to buy a $5 duck race ticket for a chance to go home with $1,000.

And this is the best plan of all: Hit all three and enjoy some of the best festivals our region has to offer.


Cheers – Try, try again

For years, the Lafourche Parish School Board has refused to implement a sensible reform that could save the parish money and simplify its complex system of political boundaries.

The board has been asked by civic groups and residents to reduce its size from 15 – on of the three largest in the state – to nine members and to adopt the same districts used by the Parish Council. Time and again, it has refused.

After Tuesday’s elections, though, a large majority of the new board will be made up of members who say they favor reduction.

Perhaps, finally, this common sense improvement can be adopted for the good of the parish.


Cheers – Sweet news on citrus

Local citrus farmers worried about cold weather from last year affecting this year’s crop. But it turns out the oranges and other delicious fruits are looking fine and tasting sweet.

“The agriculture department tested earlier than normal this year, and they ended early because the fruit was coming in so sweet,” said Barton Joffrion, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent for Terrebonne.

That means the local oranges and satsumas are available or soon will be. If you’re lucky enough to have one or more of these trees in your yard, you already know how good they are.

It’s just one of the reasons that this region is so special, but it’s a sweet one.


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