Louisiana is home to so many interesting cultures, traditions and festivals. People love Louisiana’s authenticity, and there is hardly any festival that delivers quite like the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Festival. This is an event that is organized by people who regularly enjoy the bounty of Louisiana’s unique landscape and estuaries. Friday-Saturday, January 8-9, the 58th annual festival will take place, filled with Cajun music, a gumbo cook-off, exhibits and a carnival. There are also unique contests like trap setting, nutria and muskrat skinning, oyster shucking, skeet shooting and dog trials, always a favorite for hunters.

Everyone in the community lines up for the parade, and it’s almost like a pre-Mardi Gras Celebration. This year, the parade will roll at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9.

“The festival is a celebration of who we are as Cameron Parish partisans. It’s a way for us to come together and appreciate all that nature gives to us in the way of beauty, fun and outdoor recreation. We enjoy coming together as a community. A great time will be had by all who attend,” said Telesha Bertrand, president of the festival.

couple dancing

Music is second to none at the festival. Friday features Richard LeBoeuf at 6 p.m. Saturday, check out Warren Storm & Willie T at 2:30 p.m.; Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Road Runners at 6 p.m. and closing out the festival is Jamie Bergeron at 9:30 p.m.

Gumbo, one of Louisiana’s staple dishes for the colder months, is in abundance. There is a gumbo cook-off taking place with the judging at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. You don’t want to miss getting a bowl of deliciousness!

Golden Beaches

Cameron Parish is known for its natural beauty – such as its natural sand beaches pictured above. Come out and see it for yourself with a big dose of Louisiana culture too!

Other activities with the festival include pageants, of course! You can see the Little Miss and Mr. Cameron Parish and the Miss Cameron Parish Pageants at the Conference Center at 512 Marshall St. in Cameron with a $5 admission on Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. The crowning of the Louisiana Fur & Wildlife Fur Queen Contest and the Crowning of King Fur will be Friday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Conference Center with a $5 admission. There will also be a 5k Run and a 1 Mile Fun Walk with late registration being Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7 a.m. at Cameron Jetty Pier at the end of Davis Road. For more information, log onto register.cajuntiming.com.

The festival is located across from the Cameron Parish School Board grounds in downtown Cameron, 513 Marshall Street. The gates will open at noon on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The admission fees are $10 per person on Friday and $15 per person on Saturday. Children 12 years old and under will be admitted free. For more information, visit http://www.lafurandwildlifefestival.com/schedule.htm for a full schedule.