Swamp Pop Music Festival coming to Lamar Dixon this weekend

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The 18th Annual Price LeBlanc Toyota & Nissan Swamp Pop Music Festival presented by Sigma Engineers will welcome over 6,000 visitors July 17 and 18 RAIN or SHINE 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!

Kenny Fife & Bac Trac will kick off this 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 noon. On Saturday the music is non-stop from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. featuring Big River Express, TK Hulin & GG Shinn with Steve Adams, Kenny Cornett & Killin’ Time, South 70 Band, Junior LaCrosse & Sumtin’ Sneaky, and Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition 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. There will also be an Alternate Route Cruisers Open Car & Truck Show on Saturday.

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 18th Annual Price LeBlanc Toyota & Nissan Swamp Pop Festival presented by Sigma Engineers is $12 on Friday and $17 on Saturday. For more information, visit www.swamppopmusicfest.com, like us on Facebook or contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 225-769-9994.

 This year’s festival is generously sponsored by BASF Corporation, Braud Company, Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, Louisiana Lottery, Potash Corp-Geismar, Stewart Instrument Co, Carline Management, Eatel, Industrial Electric Motor Service, Petrin Corporation, V. Purpera & Sons Lumber Company, Guaranty Broadcasting’s 100.7 FM The Tiger, Eagle 98.1 FM & TALK 107.3 & 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. While real progress toward a cure has been made, the lives of young people with CF are still cut far too short.