Pictured (L to R): Rhea Shields, vice president of the Iowa Rabbit Festival and Hailey Kotara, festival secretary, receive the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Evette Gradney, vice chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.


For additional information, contact:

Colten Miller, publications/systems manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Iowa Rabbit Festival
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Feb. 26, 2019)— The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Iowa Rabbit Festival as a 2019 Top 20 Event for the month of March. 

Celebrating the economic and culinary impact rabbits have in Southwest Louisiana, the annual Iowa Rabbit Festival is a one-of-a-kind event. This family-friendly event has it all, from great food to live music and cook-offs! All proceeds from the festival go to support the community of Iowa and various other youth organizations, schools and not for profit groups. Don’t miss this hare-raising good time Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, at the Burton Coliseum Complex.

Festival hours are Thursday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. (free gate night - carnival only), Friday 5 p.m. - midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m.-midnight. Admission is $5. Carnival tickets are sold at an additional cost. For more information, visit www.iowarabbitfestival.org.

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and others. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. Therefore, the potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 337-436-9588, or go to www.visitlakecharles.org