Reeves residents will celebrate their heritage Saturday with parade, old time tractor pull, old-fashioned games and more during 22nd annual Reeves Heritage Festival.
“The festival is a celebration of the culture, heritage, customs and values of the great people of Reeves,” Mayor Scott Walker said.
“It is a time of celebration. A time to bring into remembrance the times of past and looking forward to the future of the great things that lie ahead.”
The free outdoor event will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Reeves City Hall Park and open field, behind City Hall, at 18370 U.S. 190.
The festival kicks off with a parade at 9 a.m. with grand marshals Ray Reeves and Pearl Airhart.
Activities will include a car show, old-time tractor pull, sauce piquant cook-off, video gaming trailer, fire truck display, dunking booth, fun jumps, wheelbarrow races, children’s train rides, washer board competition, crosscut saw competition, face painting, ladies bake-off, food vendors, craft booths, and music. LifeShare Blood Centers will also be there.
“The village of Reeves Heritage Festival is about great friends, great people fellowshipping and enjoying ourselves together,” Walker said.
“It is a celebration of our past, our people, our customs and our heritage of our founding as a municipality.”
The first festival, originally named the Lagniappe Festival, was held in 1996 during the administration of Mayor Shellie Tyler (Hamilton), Walker said.
“The mayor and council members held a contest with the fourth-grade class at Reeves High School at the time and the little boy who won had drawn a picture with different rides, games and attractions and the caption was ‘Come find a little something extra at our village festival,’ Walker said.
“Hence the name, the Lagniappe Festival.”
A few years later the theme began to change to more of the traditions and customs of times past and the festival changed its name to the Clear Creek Festival, after Clear Creek, which runs through the middle of Reeves.
The creek was originally a transportation avenue to float logs into the Calcasieu River to the saw mill in Lake Charles in the 1900s.
For the village’s centennial celebration, the festival’s theme became its heritage and the name was changed to the Heritage Festival, which remains today.
Since then hundreds of people have attended the event, including many who return each year for the festival.
“What keeps people coming back to the festival is the good time, fun, fellowship, culture and heritage of the great people of Reeves, La., and surrounding communities,” Walker said.
“Our greatest resource we have are our people.”