Swamp Pop Music Festival celebrates South Louisiana culture, joins in the fight against CF

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Price LeBlanc Toyota and Nissan Swamp Pop Music Festival will welcome over 6,000 visitors July 19 & 20 in the fully air-conditioned Lamar Dixon Expo Center's Trademart building to raise critical funds that aid the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF) all while enjoying a special genre of music native only to Louisiana!

Legends Van and Grace Broussard kick off the exciting event on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Warren Storm Willie T & Cypress w/ Tommy McLain, and Don Rich will wrap it up around 12 midnight. On Saturday the music is non-stop from noon to 11:30 p.m. featuring Greg Melancon and Friends with Special Guest Ronnie Melancon, Aaron Foret, South 70 Band, Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, Kenny Cornett & Killin' Time, Tommy G & Stormy Weather and Junior LaCrosse & Sumtin Sneaky with close out the festival.

In addition to the music, the festival will feature a two-day Jambalaya Festival Association Cook-Off where visitors can sample some of the tastiest jambalaya in the world while close to a hundred jambalaya chefs meet head-to-head in two separate heats and a motorcycle poker run presented by The Wild Pigs Motorcycle Club will be held on Saturday. Here, contestants will receive prizes for the best and worst hands. Later this Fall, there will also be a Swamp Pop Music Festival pageant, details will be released at a later date.

All proceeds from the Swamp Pop Music Festival benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation, which aims to find a cure for CF and to better the quality of life for those with the disease. The Swamp Pop Music Festival began as a grassroots effort to support the CF Foundation in 1998 and is now one of the nation's largest attended events the CF Foundation puts on in the country.

Admission to the 16th Annual Swamp Pop Festival is $10 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. For more information, visit www.swamppopmusicfest.com or contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 225-769-9994.

This year's festival is generously sponsored by Price LeBlanc Toyota and Nissan, Guaranty Broadcasting's Eagle 98.1 FM, 100.7 FM The Tiger & Country Legends 104.9 FM, Paragon Casino, Clarion Inn, Donaldsonville Glass & Body Works & Jambalaya Capital of The World.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways and leads to lung infections. Research funded by The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) has already made a significant impact by helping raise the life expectancy and bettering the quality of life for every diagnosed individual. This is a historic time in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Promising therapies that treat the underlying cause of CF, rather than just the symptoms, are in late-stage clinical trials. If successful, these drugs could change the face of the disease and the prognosis of those who suffer from it.

Events such as The Swamp Pop Music Festival are making a difference in the lives of CF patients around the country. In 1955, children born with CF often died before reaching elementary school. Today, the median predicted age of survival is more than 37 years. For over 20 years, the CF Foundation has consistently been recognized as one of the most effective and efficient organizations of its kind as nearly 90 cents of every dollar of CF Foundation revenue goes to support vital CF research, medical and education programs. While real progress toward a cure has been made, the lives of young people with CF are still cut far too short. We urgently need the public's continued support to fulfill our mission and help extend the lives of those with this disease.