23rd Annual Cypress Sawmill Festival - 2013

23rd Annual Cypress Sawmill Festival Slated April 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2013

The Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival, an annual event held the first weekend in April, will hold its 23rd annual celebration at Kemper Williams Park in Patterson, Louisiana, April 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2013. This event is a family festival featuring professional lumberjack shows, chainsaw carving, a cypress sawmill display, golf, fishing and softball tournaments, a passé partout (two-person saw) contest, arts and crafts, Classic Car & Truck show, a street fair with rides and games, a fun walk and food and drink booths. Zoo-Zoom, an exotic traveling petting zoo, an old engine display, and a fireworks salute to support services are included in this year’s festivities. Admission into the park is $5 per car on Friday, $10 per car on Saturday and Sunday, or $20 for a weekend pass.

Live local talent will compete in the Country Showdown, a country music talent contest and KQKI radio promotion, on Friday, April 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Every year the contest spotlights some of the best and brightest local performers. The winner of the contest will compete for the state title later this year. The winner of the state title will receive $1,000 and advance to regional finals this fall. Visit www.kqki.com for more information.

Other live entertainment this year will include performances on Friday, April 5th by Flash Back Band – 9:30 to 11:30 pm; Saturday, April 6th by Gene Romero’s Boogie N’ Brass – 12 noon, Gregg Martinez and the Delta Kings – 3:00 pm, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band – 6:30 pm, South 70 Band – 9:30 pm; Sunday, April 7th by 90 Degrees West – 12 noon, Members Only Band – 2:30 pm, and Cypress Band featuring Warren Storm and Willie Tee – 5:00 pm.

Overnight camping is available at Kemper Williams Park for $25.00 per unit – per day, with a two day minimum. There are now 150 new additional RV campsites available. For reservations and additional information contact (985) 395-2298 or (985) 395-8313.

Festival royalty will be crowned at the Teen & Miss Cypress Sawmill Festival Pageant on March 23, 2013, at the Patterson Civic Center at 7:00 pm. The festival is now taking applications for this pageant and they are due March 3, 2013. There will also be a Kid’s Pageant taking place on March 24, 2013 at the Patterson Civic Center. Registration for the Kid’s Pageant will begin at 12 noon.

Sponsors for this year’s festival include the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau, St. Mary Parish Government, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, City of Patterson, Holiday Inn, Frank’s Agency, Inc., Wal-Mart, Skeet’s Photo Service, Patterson State Bank, Teche Federal Bank, Chauvin Communication, Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel, Bailey & Associates, Major Equipment & Remediation, B&G Food Enterprise, Teche Regional Medical Center, Amelia Belle Casino, Cleco, Felterman Foundation, Jag Construction, Comfort Inn and FAS Environmental.

Applications for food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, gumbo cook-off, car show, poker run, golf and bass tournaments, and pageants can be downloaded and printed from the festival’s website at www.cypresssawmill.com, along with more information about the festival and each band’s bios. For a complete schedule of events, contact the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau at 985-395-4905, 800-256-2931 or visit www.cajuncoast.com/cypresssawmill.