St. Amant enjoys 2nd La Fête des Bayous Fest

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Amant, LA held its annual festival, La Fête des Bayous on October 26-29, 2017. In just its second year, the festival is the buzz of Ascension Parish come the last weekend in October!

La Fête’s weekend kicked-off on Family Night Thursday, featuring Boo with the Badge, where over 1500 kids trick-or-treated from nearly 60 vendor booths that included the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ascension Parish Fire District #1. The Vessel, from The Church in St. Amant, played Christian music on our alcohol-free Family Night.

Also on Thursday, the first annual Talent After Dark talent show featured 11 performances of dance and song. First Place and Most Creative was awarded to Jolie Pruitt (dance). Second Place and People's Choice was awarded to Emma Cason and Riley Richard (dance). Third Place went to Maci Marse (song) and Best Audience Response went to Mckenzie Nassar (silk ribbon dance).

Lastly, Thursday kicked off the festival's Cook-Off competitions with the Corporate Cup Gumbo Cook-Off. Arthur and Jared Sheppard took First Place followed by Steve and Tim Fredrick with Second Place, and Ronnie Delatte and Deacon J.R. Salinas, Jr. were awarded Third Place.

The anticipated Jambalaya Cook-Off Competition started on Friday afternoon. There were 48 teams and 4 heats. The top 12 finalists were Tyson Roddy-cook, Chance Bourgeois-helper, Sponsor: Sluggers Sportsplex; Jeremy Akin-cook, Todd Brignac-helper, Sponsor: Aegis Flow Tech; Wesley Bourgeois-cook, Craig Bourgeois-helper, Sponsor: Anything Outdoors; Councilman Todd Lambert-cook, Cody Lambert-helper, Sponsor: Councilman Todd Lambert; Neal Mire-cook, Dean Mire-helper, Sponsor: Biggeaux's Tires; Trey Landry-cook, Curly Leveron-helper, Sponsor: SKR Construction; Jordan Sheet-cook, Kodi Perry-helper, Sponsor: Tags & Titles; Ken Cornett-cook, Rhyder Cornett-helper, Sponsor: ASA: Justin Courville-cook, Pappy John Courville-helper, 2016-17 Boucherie Jambalaya Champ; Blain Gregoire-cook, Alice Gregoire-helper, Sponsor: Valve Boss; 2016-17 La Fête des Bayous Jambalaya Champ Woody Woodward-cook, Tracy Babin-helper, Sponsor: Galvez Hardware; and Heath "Buster" Melancon-cook, Amy Melancon-helper, Sponsor: Melancon Family Trust.

Saturday was another event-filled day. La Fête des Bayous was the venue for the 3rd Annual St. Amant High School Gator GoRo Glow Throw sponsored by the St. Amant High Student Council and the Gonzales Rotary Club. Proceeds benefited the Louisiana Special Olympics and The Ascension Fund. Also, La Fête hosted a fishing tournament sponsored by Anything Outdoors-Helping Kids. Fishing Tournament winners were Reeve Savoy-First Place, Trace Blocking-Second Place, and Beau Louviere-Third Place. Following the early morning events, family and friends enjoyed their favorite dance and cheerleading teams perform in L’esprit de la Fête, our middle school showcase.

La Fête’s band line up was nothing short of amazing. Headlining this year's festival was Rockin' Dopsie on Friday night, which was opened by local favorite: Jordan Babin. Friday night’s rain did not stop fête-goers from enjoying both artists. Saturday’s band line-up included Midlife Crisis, Hai Karate, with Holy Rosary’s own: Deacon Stephen Gonzales, and the wildly popular: Foret Tradition. Sunday opened with the festival favorite, Mike & Steve Broussard, and La Fête was closed by The Chase Tyler Band.

The Jambalaya Cook-Off final heat commenced on a beautiful Sunday morning while the annual Outdoor Mass was held. Neal and Dean Mire were named La Fête’s 2017-18 Champions! Second Place went to Heath and Amy Melancon, and Third Place went to Woody Woodward and Tracy Babin.

The Ministry of La Fête des Bayous would like to thank the many volunteers, sponsors, and vendors who generously assisted in making this year's festival such a success. Next year’s festival will be held on October 25-28, 2018. More information about La Fête can be found on the festival’s Facebook page or at www.geauxlafete.com. Y’all come back now, ya hear?!

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