Marshland Festival raises money for Hackberry youth - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Marshland Festival raises money for Hackberry youth

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Although they may not have been celebrating in the Marshland, there's no doubt the Cajun spirit was alive at the Marshland Festival at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday.

The event consisted of live music, Cajun food, crafts, and games for kids of all ages.

The Marshland Festival began 20 years ago in 1990 when a group of parents, school teachers, and administrators from Hackberry wanted to raise money for the young people in their community.

"We come together as a community to raise money for the Hackberry youth," said Kevin Moreau on the Marshland Festival Board of Directors. "The funds will go to various church organizations, youth activities, and scholarships. We just want people to come out and have a good time this weekend."

Meagan Johnson, a student at Hackberry High School, has worked at the Marshland Festival for five years now.

Johnson said the event is a great fundraiser for her school and church organizations in her community.

"Without this festival we wouldn't have the things we have now in our school," said Johnson.

But Johnson said the event is not just about the money, however.

"It helps us share our good Louisiana cooking with everybody," said Johnson. "They can see what we're all about and what we like to do."

The event also consisted of some educational fun for the kids when the popular CMT show "Gator 911" gave a presentation on reptiles in southwest Louisiana.

"One of the biggest things we live with are alligators because they're all along the Gulf Coast," said Gary Saurage, host of "Gator 911." "Obviously you want to teach them not to feed them, but you also want to teach them to respect those alligators."

The event wrapped up around midnight Saturday night.

The next Marshland Festival is scheduled to happen the last weekend in July next year.

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