LAKE ARTHUR - The town of Lake Arthur wants to catch the attention of a national television show.
The town is hoping it will be selected for HGTV's new series, "Home Town Takeover."
As part of the series, the show's stars Ben and Erin Napier will work with a team of renovation pros to help breathe new life into an entire town that's struggling and in need of some TLC.
"I will be happy if we just get picked," Mayor Sherry Crochet said. "And whatever they decide to do we'd be thrilled with. It would be an improvement for our town and make it better than what it is now."
Crochet said the effort is more than about a makeover. It is about the people of Lake Arthur and preserving a way of life, she said.
"The people of Lake Arthur are low-key, laid back, full of hospitality, friendliness and a passion of Cajun cuisine," she said. "Our love for each other can be seen on a daily basis, just passing on the street. I want so much more for our community and all we need is a little push."
If selected, representatives from the show will come in and assess the town and renovate it as part of a six-part episode likely to be aired sometime next year.
"The mayor has been doing a great job at making improvements with the amount of budget she has to work with," resident Gus Schram said in the video.
Efforts are underway to bring new housing communities to attract new residents, he said.
Town officials, along with local residents and business owners, recently submitted a three-minute video to the network in hopes of being chosen as the winning entry to receive a facelift. The competition is open to towns with less than 40,000 in population.
Crochet is proud of the video and said it is a chance to show off the town and persuade HGTV to choose Lake Arthur for the project.
"I think it's a good video because of the history it shows," she said. "We talk about the history of Lake Arthur, the type of people we have here and what Lake Arthur used to be like when we had more people and mom and pop stores here."
Cody Newman, a lifelong resident and local tour guide, said at one time all the businesses on main street were striving "mom and pop" businesses. After big industry left town, the community started to spiral downward, he said.
According to the video, the town's first industry was a sawmill to process cypress lumber from the swamp. Later the town thrived with a booming oil and gas industry. Today it's main focus is rice, crawfish and shrimp.
Schram added that the town is also known for its diverse wildlife, hunting and fishing and the lakefront park with its scenic views continues to attract tourists.
The video has received more than 4,000 views and has been shared dozens of times since town officials posted it Sunday, Crochet said.