POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 7:04am
NEW ROADS, LA — The City of New Roads will host the 3rd Annual Harvest Festival on False River, Oct. 18-20, featuring top music performers, favorite local bands, amusement rides and games, more than 100 arts and crafts and boutique vendors, local cuisine and two nightly fireworks shows.
The festival will also offer special activities, including pecan pie, candy and cake cooking contests, a wild beast feast cook-off, a beauty pageant for all age divisions, a 5-K “Nut Challenge” race and 1-mile fun run.
“This festival promises to be our biggest and best yet,” said City of New Roads Mayor Robert Myer. “The Harvest Festival continues to grow in size and popularity, and this year’s event will be even better, with new activities, a larger selection of rides, games and vendors, and a new firework spectacular on Friday and Saturday nights.”
“The Harvest Festival has been a great way to increase local pride and boost awareness of the importance of agriculture for our city and parish,” he said. “At the same time, our festival has had a tremendous impact on the local economy. Last year’s event drew in at least 40,000 people over the three-day period, creating a half-million dollar impact to this city and parish.”
“Our hopes are that more people will join us this year, and they in turn will tell their friends and family, and the event will continue to get bigger every year,” Myer said.
Myer said the festival’s music lineup will include “something for everyone,” with notable acts that include country legend Pam Tillis, whose hits include “Mi Vida Loca” and “Maybe It Was Memphis;” the country duo Steel Magnolia, who got their start on CMT’s “Can You Duet?;” the Atlanta funk and jazz band, Brick; popular Zydeco performers Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., and Zapp Band, and blues favorite Big Luther Kent.
Myer said the festival will feature two main stages near Town Square and the historic Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse. The popular Beer Garden will be held at the Heritage Building on Main Street, which will include multiple big-screen TVs showing the days’ top college and professional football games. The wild beast feast cook-off will be held Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the St. Mary Catholic Chapel parking lot.
The festival will have a larger amusement section, with more rides and games that stretch along Morrison Parkway with the scenic False River in the background. The amusement area will include a safe, friendly Kid Zone for the festival’s youngest participants.
“The Harvest Festival is the state’s newest and fastest growing festival because we offer great fun for festival goers of all ages,” Myer said.
He said the festival’s fireworks displays will be held over the reflective waters of False River on Friday and Saturday nights, offering families the “perfect, festive ending to two spectacular days of fun.”
Activities begin Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the fireworks display beginning at 10 p.m. The fun returns on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and going to 10 p.m. that evening. A second night of fireworks will be held Saturday, beginning at 10 p.m. Festivities start at noon Sunday, Oct. 20 and end at 6 p.m. that day. “The beauty and landscape of New Roads really offers festival goers a great way to enjoy Louisiana’s culture, food, music and outdoors in one locale,” Myer said.
For more information about the festival, including a complete list of this year’s music lineup, visit www.harvestfestivalonfalseriver.com .