Rain not enough to keep Contraband Days fans away

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Organizers of Contraband Days said attendance to this year's festival is within the normal range, despite rain showers that rolled through the Lake Area last weekend.

Contraband Days President Perry Vincent said he expects a huge turnout this Saturday.

"The weather wasn't the best…but we still had a good attendance. This weekend though, it's inevitable," said Vincent. "There's so much going on. It's going to be a jam-packed festival full of life and festivities."

The festival has undergone several changes this year. For instance, the carnival is now located on the north side of the Civic Center and the new promenade allows festival-goers to sit back and relax while they take in the sights and sounds.

Jayme Vincent, of Sulphur, brought a group of 30 teenagers to a concert at Contraband Days on Thursday evening.

"I'm really impressed with how clean it is and family oriented it is," said Jayme Vincent. "I love all the decorations. It looks great. All the food looks wonderful."

Elizabeth Racca and Brittany Hayes, of Lake Charles, brought a group of friends.

"Because it's kind of a tradition for Lake Charles. We go every year," said Racca.

For a complete list of Contraband Days events, visit www.contrabanddays.com

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