Roastin with Rosie festival cancelled
— Plans for this year’s Roastin With Rosie Barbecue Festival have been
canceled due to lack of funding and community involvement, according to
the festival committee.
“We are taking a sabbatical this
year and hope we can regroup and return the second weekend in September
2013,” committee member Joy Huval said.
The festival initially began in 2008
at the Grand Marais Courtyard as a fundraiser for the proposed Southern
Petroleum Art and Recreation Center. Plans for the center were
scratched earlier this year due to funding issues.
The festival was moved to the
Jefferson Davis Parish Fairgrounds last year to allow more room for
barbecue teams and those attending the event.
Nearly 4,000 people attended last year’s event, according to festival estimates.
Despite abandoning plans for SPARC,
the committee tried to salvage the festival. But when past sponsors were
contacted, it was realized that most of them had been told the festival
had been canceled and had pledged their donations elsewhere.
After much consideration, the
festival committee decided it would be best to cancel this year’s event
and spend the time planning for the festival to return next year, Huval
If the festival is to be revitalized, more donations and volunteers will be needed, she said.
Those wishing to help support next
year’s event are being asked to consider donating to the festival when
planning next year’s budget.
For more information, call 246-0744 or email