Louisiana fun and flare the focus of Cajun Fest in Prairie du Chien

Experience some authentic Louisiana food, beer and music at the eighth annual Cajun Fest, this Friday, June 6, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan for an enjoyable weekend on St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien. Admission to the festival is free.

Whether you’re hungry for some flavorful southern cooking, anxious to get groovin’ to the tunes of the bayou, or looking for a fun night out with friends, Cajun Fest is for you.

This year’s theme is “Voo-doo unto others before they voo-doo unto you!”

Take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of a traditional New Orleans-style “second-line” parade and grab your share of beads to take home. The parade is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday night. The revelation of the Cajun Fest King and Queen will also take place on the island prior to the parade.

Two of the most sensational aspects of Cajun Fest include the food and the music.

The tasty menu includes crawfish mac ‘ n’ cheese, Andouille sausage, shrimp and catfish po’ boys, jambalaya, red beans and rice, barbecue ribs and bread pudding. If you ask anyone who has enjoyed the cuisine, they’ll tell you it’s the kind that leaves you wanting more.

Throughout the weekend, live bands will keep fest-goers moving, perhaps even on Cajun Fest’s portable dance floor.

Celtic Cajun Country will take the stage from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., the River Connection jazz band will play, and from 4 to 7 p.m., Tim B and Friends will jam for the crowd.

While you’re out and about on the island this weekend, make sure you’re on the lookout for the famous “Crunk,” who has been the Cajun Fest mascot for the past six years. He may even pose for a picture for you.

Little League and semi-pro baseball games will be going on at the nearby ball diamonds all weekend as well.

This will be the last year that Miss Sue and Tony Rangel will be helping to coordinate and organize this event. Their love of New Orleans and Louisiana food, culture, and history have been a gift to the community. So come out to St. Feriole Island this weekend and experience for yourself a bit of Cajun culture.

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