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Robbie Dubois and Angie Savant dance to the sounds of the Twangsters Union at a previous Marshland Festival. (American Press Archives)

Robbie Dubois and Angie Savant dance to the sounds of the Twangsters Union at a previous Marshland Festival. (American Press Archives)

Make a mad dash to the Marshland Fest

Last Modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:59 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

Put on your rubber boots.

The 25th annual Marshland Festival is back this year.

The event, in the Lake Charles Civic Center, will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and will end at midnight on both nights.

The festival’s original purpose was to raise money for youth organizations in Hackberry.

The festival has continued to do so and now benefits 15 different youth-oriented Hackberry organizations.

The event will feature live music from both local and national artists, food and beverage booths, Cajun arts and crafts for purchase, and a business expo on industries in the area.

“Sempra, LNG and Sasol have bought booths to show the progress of the refineries in the Hackberry area,” said Marvin Simon, vice chairman of the festival.

The arts and crafts booths will host more than arts and crafts — showing work by local craftsmen and women featuring custom furniture, custom jewelry, locally made candles and clothing, according to Simon.

A new event this year is the Marshland Dash 5K, which will be at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Early registration for the run will be 6-7 p.m. Friday. Late registration and check-in will be 6:30-7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Awards will be given out at 9 a.m. and participants in the race will receive an all-day pass for the Marshland Festival, according to the race’s website.

“We’re very excited,” said Lisa Murphy, Hackberry’s 4-H agent officer, who organized the Marshland Dash.

“I started doing runs myself, and I knew that it would be a great way to get my kids involved and keep the energy up.”

Proceeds from the race will benefit Hackberry’s 4-H organization.

Originally the Marshland Festival was held in Hackberry, according to Simon, but the festival was moved indoors to a climate-controlled location due to the heat.

For the last 10 years, the festival has made its home in Lake Charles.

Recently, the festival was honored by the Southeast Tourism Society as a top 20 event for the month of July, according to a news release from the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more information, including a detailed history of the event, visit

To register for the Marshland Dash 5K, visit

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