Enjoy swamp pop music and home-made Cajun foods, all in the setting of massive beautiful oak trees along the bayou at the Iberville Visitors Center in Grosse Tete.

Want to know what "flint knapping" or "paleo" skills are? Maybe how fish hoop nets are made by hand? Talk with the people who live and work in the Atchafalaya Basin at the unique Iberville Parish Swamp Life Expo, set for Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Enjoy swamp pop music and home-made Cajun foods, all in the setting of massive beautiful oak trees along the bayou at the Iberville Visitors Center in Grosse Tete.

The Swamp Life Expo offers a way see many aspects of swamp life up close. See cypress putt-putt boats, have the kids make a bluebird house or hold a live bull frog, learn about native plants, see and buy local handicrafts and art, and watch flint knapping demonstrations.

Hear about the Atchafalaya Basin's history and culture, and see an alligator display, and hand-crafted boat paddles.

The Walnut Bayou "Streamulator Model" will show how natural rivers are formed by flowing water, and children can get hands-on experience in designing healthy, sustainable rivers, courtesy of the La. Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).

Learn how local waters flow into the Barataria Terrebonne Estuary and then to the Gulf of Mexico, and the unique wildlife and fisheries in the estuary through an exhibit by the Barataria Terrebonne Nation Estuary Program (BTNEP). Also providing information about swamp life and their programs will be the Louisiana Nature Conservancy and National Atchafalaya Heritage Trace.

Enjoy many Cajun specialties: duck, goose, and andouille sausage gumbo, Cajun boudin wraps, swamp bucket sauce piquante, hog cracklins, sweet potato pie, bread pudding and much more. Live music will be provided by Terry and the Zydeco Bad Boys.

The Iberville Visitors Center is located at 17525 Hwy. 77 on Bayou Grosse Tete, just off Interstate 10 at exit 139. The event is free and open to the public.

The Swamp Life Expo is sponsored by the Iberville Parish Council and Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr. For more information, call 225-687-2642 or go to visitiberville.com.

Contributed by Iberville Parish Government