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Mar 3, 2014 11:47 AM by MELISSA CANONE

24th Annual Cypress Sawmill Festival

The Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival, an annual event held the first weekend in April, will hold its 24th annual celebration at Kemper Williams Park in Patterson, Louisiana, April 4th, 5th, & 6th, 2014. This event is a family festival featuring professional lumberjack shows, chainsaw carving, a cypress sawmill display, golf, fishing and softball tournaments, a passé partout (two-person saw) contest, arts and crafts, Classic Car & Truck show, a street fair with rides and games, a fun walk and food and drink booths. Zoo-Zoom, an exotic traveling petting zoo, an old engine display, and a fireworks salute to support services are included in this year's festivities. Admission into the park is $5 per car on Friday, $10 per car on Saturday and Sunday, or $20 for a weekend pass.

Live local talent will compete in the Country Showdown, a country music talent contest and KQKI radio promotion, on Friday, April 4th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Every year the contest spotlights some of the best and brightest local performers. The winner of the contest will compete for the state title later this year. The winner of the state title will receive $1,000 and advance to regional finals this fall. Visit www.kqki.com for more information.

Other live entertainment this year will include performances on Friday, April 4th by Cajun Classics - 9:30 to 11:30 pm; Saturday, April 5th by Joel Martin Project - 12 noon, Explosion - 3:00 pm, Hank Staples & Thundercreek Band - 6:30 pm, South 70 Band - 9:30 pm; Sunday, April 6th by Waylon Thibodeaux - 12 noon, Nik-L-Beer Band - 2:30 pm, and Don Rich Band - 5:00 pm.

Overnight camping is available at Kemper Williams Park for $25.00 per unit - per day, with a two day minimum. For reservations and additional information please contact Kemper Williams Park at (985) 395-2298.

The Festival Board and the many volunteers that help to put on the Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival, wish to thank the many sponsors that support the festival each year. The moneys raised go to the Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum to help to continue to educate people about the heritage of the Aviation & Cypress industry in the Patterson area.

Applications for food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, and golf tournament can be downloaded and printed from the festival's website at www.cypresssawmill.com, along with more information about the festival and each band's bios. For a complete schedule of events, contact the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau at 985-395-4905, 800-256-2931 or visit www.cajuncoast.com/cypresssawmill.

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