4th Annual Tour du Teche

Tour du Teche Slated for October 4 – 6, 2013

            Tour du Teche is a 135 mile canoe/kayak/pirogue race through the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country and will take place this weekend on October 4th, 5th, and 6th. This race is entering its fourth year and is now organized by Executive Director Nicole Patin and Directors General Ray Pellerin and Ken Grissom. Partners include Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau, St. Mary Parish, St. Landry Tourist Commission, St. Martin Tourist Commission, and Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. Paddlers for this race will pass through four parishes, woods, swamps, cane fields, and a dozen of the friendliest communities around.

            The race will begin in Port Barre, Louisiana at the Port Barre Boat Launch and travel 135 miles down Bayou Teche where it will end in Berwick, Louisiana at the Southwest Reef Lighthouse on the Atchafalaya River. Tour du Teche will have three racing stages: Stage 1: Gabriel, Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles; Stage 2: Chitimacha, St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles; Stage 3: Roughneck, Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles. There will be shorter race routes, Voyageur divisions, open for participants such as: Crawfish, Port Barre to Breaux Bridge, 34 miles; Acadian, Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles; Hot Sauce, St. Martinville to New Iberia; 24 miles; Sugar, St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles; and Oil & Gas, Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles.

            Tour du Teche will overnight in St. Martinville on Friday, October 4th and in Franklin on Saturday, October 5th. Paddlers will be greeted at their stop in Franklin on October 5th with Franklin’s Annual Harvest Moon Festival featuring live music; a children’s carnival; teen activities; an antique, hot rod, classic car and motorcycle show, concessions and special retail promotions. The finish line, located in Berwick, will also have events awaiting paddlers on October 6th. Arts and Crafts vendors will open their booths at 11 am, along with jambalaya dinners. Musical entertainment will be by DJ Jason Rulf from 11 am to 2 pm and Gone Pecan from 2 to 5 pm. New additions to this year’s event will be a car show, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, petting zoo and carnival style games. The arts and crafts show and the car show will have no booth or entry fee. Contact Misty Pillaro, at the Town of Berwick, at (985) 384-8858 for additional information on the arts and crafts show and car show. Awards will take place at 1 pm and at 4 pm. The public is encouraged to come out to all the activities taking place in Franklin and in Berwick, to welcome paddlers and join in on the fun!

            For additional information contact Nicole Patin at (337) 394-6232, visit www.tourduteche.com for a registration packet, or email info@tourduteche.com. You can also contact the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau at (800) 256-2931, visit their website at www.cajuncoast.com, or email info@cajuncoast.com for extra information.