Lt. Gov. Nungesser and Iberville Parish President Mitchell Ourso announce October is Atchafalaya Month in the state and Iberville Parish

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Old abandoned sharecropper houses like this one can be found throughout the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.

Atchafalaya Month raises awareness for ANHA programs and promotes fun, educational opportunities to enjoy this unique region—from paddling and biking to speaking French and learning how to dance zydeco.

We look forward to continuing to educate locals and visitors about The  Atchafalaya Basin, America’s Foreign Country.

During this October, the Atchafalaya National  Heritage Area commission will: highlight local cultural economic development each Monday of the month by unveiling five short videos showcasing artisans who live and work in the heritage area.

Each artisan’s work is inspired by the natural and cultural resources of his or her surroundings. VisitAtchafalaya.org or theANHA Facebook page to view the videos as they are released.

Offer a fun, low-stakes photo game on social media called “Where Are We Now?” Every week day of the month the ANHA will post a new photo on itsFacebook andInstagram pages and ask fans to guess where in the heritage area the photo was taken. The first participant on each social platform to answer correctly will be eligible to receive an ANHA water bottle.

Serve as a public resource for numerous outdoor recreation events, festivals and educational programs taking place throughout the heritage area this month via The ANHA websitecalendar.

About the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Established in 2006, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the U.S. It is made up of the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Lafayette, Iberia, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne and West Baton Rouge.

Award  winning  author Cliff LeGrange, (‘Bayou Pigeon, LA. Spirit of the  Atchafalaya”) is the Iberville  Parish representative on the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Trace  Commission. For more information on Atchafalaya  activities this month contact him  at LeGrange@cox.net .