Travel Channel set to film segment in Jennings

By By Doris Maricle / American Press

JENNINGS — A production crew from the Travel Channel will be in Jennings in early December to film the city’s annual Christmas

Festival as part of a proposed show on unique Christmas events across the United States.

“We have a research office who was looking for stories, but not your typical Christmas festivals,” creative producer Nicole

Dunn said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “We wanted to find the best of the best across America, but wanted to

get away from the (Radio City) Rockettes story or the lighting of the (Rockefeller Center) tree in New York City.”

The show, which will also feature a parade in New Mexico and Trappist monks in Missouri making fruitcakes for the holidays,

has a tentative working title of “Cross Country Christmas.”

No air date has been set, but it is not likely to air this year, Dunn said.

The Jennings segment will focus on the

16th annual gumbo cook-off to be held Dec. 1 in conjunction with the

city’s Christmas

Festival. The festival features a parade, chicken and sausage

gumbo cook-off, craft and food vendors, bonfire and fireworks.

“The show will feature the festival, but the focus will be on the gumbo cook-off and how people come together every year for

the gumbo,” Dunn said.

The city’s Christmas parade and bonfire will also be filmed, along with interviews of past gumbo participants, winners, judges,

festival attendees and others.“We’d love for as many people to come out to the event as possible,” Dunn said.

The segment will be filmed in the style of reality format as everyone is preparing for the event, attending, eating and having

fun, she said.

“It will almost be like we weren’t there,” she said.

City Project Coordinator Michelle

Hebert said the show is a great way to showcase what Jennings has to

offer during the holidays.“I think shooting at the Louisiana Oil and Gas

Park is a beautiful location and will help draw in more people once the


airs,” Hebert said. “It’s great for the city.”

Connie Hebert hopes the show will put the city on the holiday map of things to do for Christmas.

“It will let people know about our traditions and this little bitty city in the United States and what we have to offer,”

she said.

Nearly 2,000 people attend the festival each year.

For information on the gumbo cook-off

and other festivities, contact Michelle Hebert at 821-5532 or e-mail