Pictured (L to R): Evette Gradney, Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, presents the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award to Rhonda Istre, Vice President of the Cajun French Music Association - Lake Charles Chapter.

For additional information, contact:

Colten Miller, Publications/Systems Manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cajun Music & Food Festival
Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 12, 2019)—The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Cajun Music & Food Festival as a 2019 Top 20 Event for the month of July.

The festival will be held Friday – Saturday, July 19-20, at Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Hwy., in Lake Charles. The festival aims to preserve Cajun traditions and heritage through music, dancing and food. Attendees can also enjoy arts and crafts booths, raffles and games. The festival will be open 4-11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission is $8, and kids 12 and under are free. A Cajun French mass will also be held on Sunday, July 21, at 8 a.m. at the Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) building, 3481 E. Prien Lake Road.

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, Arkansas, 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 media outlets each quarter, including web, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and newspapers. 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 and Visitors Bureau at 337-436-9588 or visit www.visitlakecharles.org.