Acadian Festival will bring food, fun, live music and much more to Plaquemine’s Waterfront Park this weekend

Evangeline 2018 Grace Sanchez places a crown on last year's Evangeline, Zoë Bertrand, at a ceremony held by the Knights of Columbus last Saturday. Sanchez will be presented to the public at the festival.

The 50th Annual Acadian Festival will begin Friday, Oct. 19, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 21, and will be reigned over by the 2018 Evangeline Grace Sanchez.

The festival is the city’s biggest event and features a multitude of fun-filled activities, carnival food, live music and much more at the Mark A. “Tony” Gulotta Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park in downtown Plaquemine.

The highlight of the festival will be the arrival of Evangeline Sanchez and her court of Indian princesses in what the hosting Knights of Columbus call the water ceremony. Sanchez is a senior at MSA-West and was recently presented in a ceremony held Saturday at the Civic Center.

The young ladies will arrive in canoes down Bayou Plaquemine in a reenactment of a portion of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem on which the Evangeline character is based.

In addition to the activities surrounding Evangeline, there will be live music from outstanding south Louisiana bands – Unfinished Business will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, the Chase Tyler Band will perform at 8 p.m. and the Ryan Foret Band will play for the closing night’s entertainment.

For the children attending the festival, the main attraction will be the carnival rides, which will already be operating when the gates to Acadian Festival open because the KCs offer a day for special needs children prior to the gates opening sponsored by Dow Chemical. During the weekend, there will be all-you-can-ride specials for all children.

Other activities will include a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, a cornhole tournament, a cooking contest and a sauce picante competition.

There will also be football televised in the sports bar on three TVs so no one has to miss their favorite college or NFL game, and the Acadian Festival will have a parade as well.

The weekend festival officially kicks off with the Blessing of the Grounds at 6 p.m. Friday and the crafts and food booths will open immediately afterward.

On Saturday, the Acadian Festival Beauty Pageant will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be ample parking near the festival grounds and a shuttle too. There is an entry fee for attendees over the age of 6.