Atchafalaya to be celebrated at 'Swamp Life Expo' Saturday

Staff reports

Iberville Parish residents will give visitors to the Iberville Parish Visitors' Center at Grosse Tete a big sampling of life in the Atchafalaya Basin at a free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

“It's amazing the people who are coming forward,” said Iberville Environmental Manager John James Clark, who is organizing the parish's first participation in the annual “Experience Atchafalaya Days.”

Over the past week, three more residents have volunteered their services at the “Swamp Life Expo.”

Ten-year-old singer/songwriter Lauren Delahaye will open the even with the national anthem and a song she wrote about Louisiana.

John Bushnell, who lives near Indian Village, will display his vintage putt-putt boat, the kind that once plied Atchafalaya waterways on the power of a one-cylinder motor produced at Nadler Foundry in Plaquemine.

Seafood retailer Ricky Phillips of Bayou Pigeon, recently seen processing crawfish on “America's Dirtiest Jobs” and then on the History Channel's “Swamp People,” will be a special guest at the event.

Junior and Willie Edwards of Bayou Pigeon and “Swamp People” already had signed up.

Local artists and craftsmen will display and demonstrate their work, local cooks will dish up food including jambalaya and pralines and Cajun musicians will perform.

The Visitor's Center is located at I-10 at Bayou Grosse Tete. Further information is available from Clark at (225) 266-2274 or by email at