Last Modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:10 PM
Planners say they hope the next two Sulphur Heritage Festivals set the stage for the city’s centennial celebration in 2014.
The 2012 festival will be held today and tomorrow at Heritage Square. In anticipation of the city’s centennial, the festival’s name will be changed to the Sulphur Mines Festival beginning next year.
“This is all kind of building towards (2014),” said Thom Trahan with the Brimstone Museum Society.
Trahan said the hope is that the name change will reflect the town’s identity, similar to the Crowley Rice Festival, the Rayne Frog Festival and the DeQuincy Railroad Festival.
“You kind of see an area and you identify with their festival,” Trahan said. “Switching to that is going to go a long way toward branding our festival.”
In addition to bands and rides, organizers are also hoping that a bake-off, a grill-off and merchant’s booths will build toward the centennial celebration.
Merchant’s Grove will be similar to the booths at Christmas Under the Oaks, Trahan said, but will be more arts and crafts than gifts.
Trahan said the hope is “they’ll have been going a few years before the new festival kicks off.”
Little River Band and Atlanta Rhythm Section will headline the event, while Charles Mann, the Acadiana Playboys, LA Express and Brandon Ledet will also perform.
Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan made sure to point out that Calcasieu Parish Police Juror Francis Andrepont will perform with the Acadiana Playboys.
“We expect a good turnout because we’ve got some top-notch bands coming in,” Duncan said. “This is leading into the name change and date change next year; and we’re gearing up for the 2014 festival.”
Also new this year, carnival rides have been moved onto Cypress Street (which has been shut down) to give patrons more room to view bands, Duncan said.
Posted By: ALLEN SONNIER On: 5/26/2012
NO CAR SHOW ??????