LAFAYETTE, LA — Heavy rains forced several events to be canceled across Acadiana this weekend including Downtown Alive in Lafayette and the Sweet Dough Pie Festival in Grand Coteau. However, if you're still looking for something fun to do you can head to Vermilionville in Lafayette tonight and tomorrow for the Blackpot Festival and Cook-off. That event lasts until midnight tonight and picks up again all day on Saturday.
In St. Martin Parish, the 28th Annual St. Martinville Kiwanis Pepper Festival is set to kick off at 10 a.m. with live music and a Jambalaya/Pastalaya Cook-off. That goes until 11 p.m.
The Pepper Festival includes live music and dancing, arts and crafts, vendors, food, drinks, dance group performances and the famous pepper eating contest, along with children’s activities. The Festival is a fundraiser for the Kiwanis who provide support for the children in the St. Martinville community.
Michelle Broussard with the St. Martinville Kiwanis Club, explains that the festival will go on rain or shine.
"The festival is still going on tomorrow. We've made tens of thousands of dollars on this festival and all our proceeds go to our projects in the community. We do have a pavilion here in the city park, so there will be a covered area if we need to use it."
Several events were canceled due to inclement weather. For a full list of cancellations and rescheduled events, click here.