Photo Caption: Telesha Bertrand (left), Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival president, receives the Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event award from Sam Wilkinson (right), chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.


For additional information, contact:

Shelley Johnson, executive director
Colten Miller, publications/systems manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952


Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Dec. 12, 2018)—The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival as a 2019 Top 20 Event for the month of January.

The festival will be held Friday–Saturday, Jan. 11-12, in Cameron, LA with plenty of activities for festival goers, including parades, pageants, a 5K run and 1 mile fun walk, as well as dances, Cajun music, a gumbo cook-off, exhibits and a carnival. You can also check out unique contests like duck and goose calling, trap setting, nutria and muskrat skinning, oyster shucking and skeet shooting, and always a favorite among hunters are the dog trials. These contests and more make this a memorable experience for the whole family and a reason why people keep coming back to one of Southwest Louisiana’s, “oldest and coldest” festivals. This year's festival will honor the cattle industry.

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 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 go to