It’s that time of year again.
From authentic Cajun cuisine to live entertainment, arts and crafts and more, the Bayou Dularge Knights of Columbus Cajun Fair and Festival once again offers a wide variety of almost everything.
The event, this year held from Oct. 18-20, is in its 21st year. Starting in 1993, it has served as an annual fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus, which sponsors various school projects and assists in helping those in need, among other things.
Beginning last year, the event falls one week after the annual Dularge KC Fishing Rodeo.
“It’s the closest thing you’re going to get to what Lagniappe on the Bayou was that’s still alive,” Shawny Burgard, wife of the fair’s chairman, Ross Burgard, said of the event.
In addition to food, live music and arts and crafts, the three-day festival also features auctions, games, rides, raffles and prizes.
Of the popular food items this year, the festival includes Louisiana fixtures, such as fried shrimp, chicken on a stick, alligator balls, jambalaya, white and red beans, crabs and on Sunday, a large gumbo pot.
The festival also presents an array of musical guests.
Junior Lacrosse is the opening night’s headliner from 8 p.m. to midnight, Friday. The fair itself kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s guests include the group Blue Eyed Soul Revue, of which one band member is from the Dularge area. Saturday’s festivities will run from noon to midnight.
Sunday’s festivities run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and conclude with the band Nonc Nu and Da Wild Matous beginning at 4 p.m. Raffle winners are also announced that day, and prizes are handed out to fishing rodeo winners.
Weekend or individual session passes to the festival are available.
“We’ve never have had any trouble,” Burgard said. “It’s just a nice little down-home festival and (everyone waits) all year long for this.”
The official site of the festival is the Knights of Columbus home at 1331 Beautruce Road in Dularge.