Skate park event set for Saturday at Lamar-Dixon

Michael Tortorich
A skater performs a move last year during the YOURS festival. The fundraiser benefits the construction of a skate park in Ascension Parish.

Once again this year skaters and skate enthusiasts will come together to raise money for a new skate park in Ascension Parish.

This year the event will have a change of venue. Previously held in the Ascension Civic Center in Sorrento, the event will be held for the first time in the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Known as the YOURS festival, which stands for Your Own Unique Riding Style, it will be held Feb. 27, beginning at noon.

Organizer Branden Bennett said the festival is a way to enjoy skate competitions and live music while raising money for a new skate park in the parish.

The parish recreation department is a co-host of the event.

The park is set to be built in Gonzales next to the National Guard unit on Irma Boulevard.

Bennett said the YOURS Foundation is working with the SJB Group to get designs drawn. The next phase will be to decide on a final design.

The foundation already has $100,000 to begin the building process.

“We have picked some designs that will best fit the area and our budget,” he said.

Last year, the festival raised more than $2,500.

The all-ages festival will feature live music and a skate competition.

The live music will kick off at 1 p.m. with OverDrive, followed by Against the Stream at 2 p.m.

The skate competition will start at 3 p.m., and include best trick rail, best trick fun box and finals.

High Top Kicks will begin at 4 p.m., followed by Adam Dale at 4:45 p.m. Syllable 7 starts at 5:45 p.m. and Backlit Stereo follows at 6:45 p.m. Pandemic closes the festival at 7:45 p.m.

The cost is $5.

“All money and proceeds go to the YOURS Foundation to help build the skate park,” Bennett said. “For the past two years we have finally taken a big step toward the skate park being built.”

For more information, see the skate park fundraiser Web site at myspace.com/skateparkfundraiser.