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Visiting Cajun Country

Louisiana’s Cajun Country delights the senses with its sights, smells and sounds. Cajun coast gatherings are filled with the smell of Cajun spiced shrimp, gumbo and jambalaya. Morgan City’s Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, and Lafayette’s South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff are among the most popular. Spend a day at southern Louisiana Festivals, from the Louisiana Gumbo Festival of Chackbay, south of Donaldsonville and Gonzales, to the Calcasieu Cameron Parish Fair in Sulphur, and leave filled with the sights, sounds and flavors of Cajun Country. Celebrate southern Louisiana with music, food, frogs and lots of southern Louisiana hospitality and fun.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Hillard University Art Museum honors Cajun culture at fall’s 2012 Acadiana Wine & Food Festival, October 26th. Or travel west to the Lake Charles area, for the 2012 Cal Cam Fair. The community of Sulpher hosts the Calcasieu Cameron Parish Fair, October 12th through the 16th. See the best of southwest Louisiana’s baked, grown and crafted products in Sulphur.

Wind down the summer in Cajun Country, at the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, Labor Day weekend. Celebrating two important economic drivers of life in the Cajun Coast. Morgan City hosts the 2012 events August 30th through September 3rd. Enjoy a long weekend of festivities in downtown Morgan City at Lawrence Park and other venues. Feast on home-style Cajun cooking with shrimp and more shrimp, listen to four days of Zydeco, Cajun and Country music and browse creations from southern Louisiana’s best craftsmen.

Franklin, 20-miles west of Morgan City, comes alive the end of September, with the 2012 Franklin Harvest Moon Festival on the 30th. Featuring a full day of family fun, the downtown street festival celebrates the sugar cane harvest and the bounty of fall. Kid’s activities and games keep the children busy, while everyone enjoys the sounds of live music and entertainment, browsing the classic car and motorcycle shows. Franklin’s Harvest Moon Festival is a day packed full of fun.

The Rayne Frog Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, November 2012. Called the Frog Capital of the World, Rayne hosts the 2012 festival November 7th through the 11th. Be sure to stake out a spot on North Adams for the parade on Saturday and follow it right to the Frog Festival grounds. Bring your favorite frog, larger than 4 inches long, and join in the frog racing or frog jumping competitions. And don’t miss the Rayne Lions Club Frog Derby, featuring the best-dressed frog you will ever see. Visit Rayne for music, amusement rides and games, and lots of fun with frogs.

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