Laurel Valley, the nation’s largest surviving sugar plantation complex from the 19th and 20th centuries hosts its 28th annual fall festival Oct. 20.
Located on the banks of Bayou Lafourche off La. Highway 308 just south of Thibodaux, the festival typically features roughly 35 booths. Booth spaces are free, and anyone with arts and crafts to sell can reserve a spot.
Area cuisine, music and arts and crafts are available to festivalgoers. Customary antique motors and engines are also on display.
“It is just a big family environment that we have,” Laurel Valley Village Store Executive Director Paul Leslie said via email. “People walk around, look at things, talk to the goats and chickens, eat their meal, and go home knowing that they have visited one of America’s truly great historical sites run by volunteers.”
The highlight of the free six-hour festival may be the cane syrup demonstration. Revelers can purchase the syrup as brewed and poured into mason jars by a skilled professional.
Admission is free. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the village, 595 La. Highway 308, Thibodaux. For more information, call (985) 446-7456.