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Mar 12, 2012 6:37 AM by AP

Education program is a prelude to Nicholls fest

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Artists, historians and craftspeople will speak to and perform for 2,000 primary, middle and secondary students at the "Tresors du Bayou" program Friday at Nicholls State University.

The students also will learn Cajun versions of the waltz, two-step and jitterbug.

The program is a prelude to the fourth Louisiana Swamp Stomp Festival.

Tresors du Bayou will end with a free concert featuring Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours.

Grants from the Houma Regional Arts Council and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program pay for the festival. Participating schools represent Lafourche, Terrebonne and St. Mary parishes.

Brenda Haskins, Nicholls director of auxiliary services and Swamp Stomp festival committee co-chair, says the program is meant to get kids interested in south Louisiana culture so they'll keep it alive and well.

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