November 01, 2008

Celebrate Pecans in Colfax, Louisiana

Pecans enjoy them roasted, toasted, raw, in a pie or praline; sprinkled with cinnamon, covered in chocolate. If you like pecans then there's a place for you in the Town of Colfax, located in Grant Parish in Louisiana.

There are over 600 festivals in Louisiana. There's a party somewhere in Louisiana all the time. Celebrate, eat, drink, shop, and above all have fun, that's what makes life worth living. In Louisiana it's about sharing traditions, culture, history and heritage with each other.

On November 7th, 8th, and 9th in Colfax, Louisiana the festival is all about the Pecan. The 40th annual Louisiana Pecan Festival will bring over 60,000 people to the town of Colfax for a celebration like no other. Each festival is different but they all share common threads such as food, entertainment, arts and crafts, parades, pageants, and fun. There's something for everyone to enjoy at this year's Louisiana Pecan Festival.

On Friday, November 7th the festivities begin at 8:00 a.m. with the Blessing of the Crops on the Coca Cola Stage. The vendors open at 8:30 a.m. on Front Street. Friday is a busy day, the cooking contest begins, children's day begins, the Country Store opens, the Pecan House opens, the Carnival starts, the Antique Tractor Show Opens, and there is entertainment by Southern Heart, Pecanettes, and the Bernie Alan Band. Friday night at 8:00 p.m. is the Queen's Ball.

The Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 8th, followed by the presentation of the Queen and her Court. Entertainment provided by Pecanettes, Cole Bruce and Amy Patience and Avery Michaels. The pie eating contest is at 4:30 p.m. Don't miss the fireworks at 8:00 p.m.

On Sunday, November 9th, the festival winds down with perfomances by The Classics and Michael Hataway. The party ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9th.

The Louisiana Pecan Festival celebrates a crop that is native to the area and that has been a part of Louisiana for a very long time. There are arts and crafts booths, cooking contest, carnival rides, musical entertainment, fireworks, games and more. The Country Store has homemade pecan pies and pralines, afghans and soaps, and jams and jellies.

From I-49, take the 99 exit 10 miles into Colfax via Hwy. 8; from U.S. Hwy. 71, exit at LA. 158 or Hwy. 8 and follow the signs. Colfax is approximately 30 miles from Alexandria/Pineville, and 45 miles from Natchitoches.

Source and artwork: Louisiana Pecan Festival Website

2008 Pecan Festival Poster designed by: KJA Communications group of Alexandria, LA.