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Aug 4, 2014 12:58 PM by KATC

TOUR DU TECHE: Two-night, three-day, four-parish paddle race coming in October

A three-day, two-night paddle race will span four different parishes on the weekend of October 3rd through 5th.

The 5th Annual Tour du Teche is a 135 mile canoe/kayak/pirogue race through the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country and will take place the weekend of October 3rd, 4th, and 5th. This race is entering its fifth year and is now organized by the following board of directors: Ray Pellerin, Ken Grissom, Linda Finley, Trey Snyder and Billy St. Blanc. Partners include Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau, St. Mary Parish, St. Landry Tourist Commission, St. Martin Tourist Commission, and Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. Paddlers for this race will pass through four parishes, woods, swamps, cane fields, and a dozen of the friendliest communities around.

The race will begin in Port Barre, Louisiana at the Port Barre Boat Launch and travel 135 miles down Bayou Teche where it will end in Berwick, Louisiana at the Southwest Reef Lighthouse on the Atchafalaya River. Tour du Teche will have three racing stages: Stage 1: Gabriel, Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles; Stage 2: Chitimacha, St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles; Stage 3: Roughneck, Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles. There will be shorter race routes, Voyageur divisions, open for participants which include: Crawfish, Port Barre to Breaux Bridge, 34 miles; Acadian, Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles; Hot Sauce, St. Martinville to New Iberia; 24 miles; Sugar, St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles; Black Bear, New Iberia to Franklin, 35 miles; and Oil & Gas, Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles.

Tour du Teche will overnight in St. Martinville on Friday, October 3rd and in Franklin on Saturday, October 4th. The finish line, located in Berwick, will have events awaiting paddlers on October 5th. Arts and Crafts vendors will open their booths at 9 am, along with jambalaya dinners. Musical entertainment will be by Gone Pecan from 10 am-4 pm. This year's event will have a car show, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, petting zoo and carnival style games. The arts and crafts show will have no booth fee. The car show is being hosted by Cypress Corvette Club and will have a $20 entry fee. Contact Misty Pillaro, at the Town of Berwick, at (985) 384-8858 for additional information on the arts and crafts show and car show. Awards will take place at 1 pm and at 4 pm. The public is encouraged to come out to all the activities taking place, to welcome paddlers and join in on the fun!

This race is organized by the following board of directors: Ray Pellerin, Ken Grissom, Linda Finley, Trey Snyder and Billy St. Blanc. For additional information contact Ken Grissom at (337) 394-6232, visit www.tourduteche.com for a registration packet, or email info@tourduteche.com. You can also contact the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau at (800) 256-2931, visit their website at www.cajuncoast.com, or email info@cajuncoast.com for extra information.

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