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A lesson in sugar

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 21:30:14-04

NEW IBERIA — If you're coming to New Iberia for the Sugar Cane Festival this weekend, you'll have an opportunity for a history lesson.

"There's a reason New Iberia is the home of the sugar cane festival, so people should know why," said Jayd Buteaux with Shadows on the Teche.

On Saturday, Shadows on the Teche is offering the Pete deGravelles Sugar Tour. DeGravelles was a longtime lobbyist for the American Sugar Cane League, who later joined the Shadows Advisory Council.

"It allows visitors to learn a little bit more about the historical sugar cane industry," said Buteaux.

The tours take place at Shadows on the Teche.

"The Weeks family that owned the plantation were sugar planters and so that's where the connection comes in," said Buteaux.

Tours on Saturday are being offered for free, although donations will be accepted. They begin 15 minutes after the hour, with the first at 10:15 and the last at 3:15.