"Up until a couple of years ago people didn't talk about it," Houllier said. "Today people want to talk about it. They want answers, they want to relate, and they want someone who understands what they're going through."

If you like BBQ, live music, and raising money for a good cause, you'll want to be at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center on Saturday, October 28 for Ainsley's Angels 3rd Annual Louisiana BBQ Cook-off. Money raised at the event will support families who suffered an infant loss.

Infant loss is unfortunately a tragedy that affects families across the country every day. According to Ainsley's Angels, one in four women will suffer an infant or pregnancy loss. The money raised at this event supports these families by helping to cover burial expenses.

Founder and board president Danielle Houllier began the organization after losing her child seven years ago as a way to support families in similar situations. She said Ainsley's Angels covers burial expenses for children 20 weeks gestational to one year after birth. The group seeks to raise awareness and start conversations about an issue that hits close to home for too many families.

"Up until a couple of years ago people didn't talk about it," Houllier said. "Today people want to talk about it. They want answers, they want to relate, and they want someone who understands what they're going through."

Ainsley's Angels has provided financial and emotional support to more than 100 Louisiana families who suffered an infant loss. The cook-off is a huge money maker for the charity and enables them to operate as the only nonprofit serving the entire state.

The BBQ Cook-off will feature teams competing for the glory of being the best BBQ cook in Louisiana. The cook-off is officially recognized as the state championship cook-off. Winning cooks will be entered into the Jack Daniels World Competition, which draws BBQ cooks from all over the country to the event. There's even a kid's division of the cook-off!

For little ones less interested in grilling, the Kid's Zone offers bounce houses, face painting, color contests, pumpkin painting, and more activities the whole family can enjoy. Silent auctions, raffles, and carnival games can also be found at the event, along with college games on the projector screen above the bar. Admission to the event is totally free, as the money is raised through food, drink, and vendor sales.

Attendees can enjoy live music from Orphan Annie Band from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easily one of the most entertaining groups around, the band performs popular cover songs with an original twist that's sure to keep the whole crowd rocking and rolling.

Guitarist Ian Webster said fans can expect to hear plenty of rock and country songs and even some chart-topping pop hits. It's a wide range of music most everyone can sing along to. Webster said people won't know what's coming next, but they will know what it is.

"You're going to be able to sing along to just about every song we play," said singer Taylor Clark.

That is until the band throws in their own words in a hilarious twist on an old classic. They've been known to change up words here and there to keep listeners on their toes and bring a comedic element to the set.

"There's no telling what one of us is going to put in a verse every now and then," said Webster, "I love odd twists on songs."

The whole show will be family-friendly and undoubtedly one fans won't forget. Don't miss this killer show for a great cause this weekend at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

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