COYC Hurricane Festival offers rides, food and music to all attendees

This weekend, the popular Cut Off Youth Center (COYC) Hurricane Festival returns for three days full of delicious foods, exciting rides, entertaining music and more on COYC grounds, 205 W. 79th St. in Cut Off.

For the event’s pre-party, there will be a free motorcycle show held at the facility at 6 p.m. on Thursday, accompanied by live music provided by Hell Hath No Fury from 8 p.m. until midnight. Food will be available for sale as well.

The following day at 5 p.m., the festival will be in full swing with 12 exhilarating carnival rides and multiple food booths selling such delicious foods as shrimp boulette, fried fish, alligator sauce piquante, jambalaya, burgers and much more.

The festival opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Rocking chairs, cooking pots, fishing rods and an autographed Drew Brees jersey will be some of the items up for bid at the live auction that starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday, there will be an open cornhole tournament inside the center’s gym.

On Sunday, the fair will conclude with a draw-down raffle at 4 p.m. The last two people picked from the raffle get decide if they will split the $6,000 pot or have winner take all.

The Gordon Bradberry Band, Beau Young Band and Ryan Foret and The Foret Tradition, among others, will keep festivalgoers groovin’ throughout the weekend.

At the event, four-hour bracelets for rides will be available to purchase for $15 each, or attendees can pay $45 each for an entire weekend pass. Raffle tickets will be sold for $25 per ticket. Admission into the fair is free.

The flyer, which includes the full music lineup, can be viewed above.

Now in its 53rd year, the Cut Off Youth Center Hurricane Festival originally was created to raise money to build the center. Today, the COYC is vital to the Cut Off community, as it hosts many youth sports teams and various other events throughout the year. All proceeds from the festival go towards keeping the COYC open and to its upkeep.

“It started with a little town fair…And every year it’s grown bigger and bigger,” said D’Lynn Boudreaux, director of the COYC. “It’s just a great way to come out, eat some good food, listen to some great music and visit with some of the nicest people you’re ever going to meet.”