'Extravaganza' in Oberlin nod to Christmas present, future

Cajun Christmas Extravaganza

OBERLIN, LA (KPLC) - The first Cajun Christmas Extravaganza took place in the Oberlin Town Park on Saturday, December 17.

With a Christmas parade, fun activities and food booths at the park, the community came together for a fun-filled holiday celebration.

Oberlin Mayor Rick Smith said he was very excited about the Christmas parade and festival.

"I think our community was hungry for something like this because of the outpouring of everybody showing up," he said.

He said this is only the beginning of new things coming to the town which he said will unfold in the early part of 2012.

"We have an action plan in place and we're going to play it out," Smith said.

In an effort to revitalize the town, Mayor Rick along with his wife and President of the Garden Club Jody Smith worked with committees of town volunteers to organize the extravaganza.

"We're trying to bring Christmas back to Oberlin," Jody said. "We haven't had a parade in a long time and we're trying to bring Christmas back with some activities and festival for the town."

With more than 30 vendors at the festival and more than 30 floats in the parade both Mayor Smith and his wife Jody said the event proved to be a success.

"It's bringing a lot of people in and we're just having a blast," Jody said. And efforts to revitalize the town will continue. "We're going to try to keep raising money and doing stuff for the town."

"Stay tuned!" Mayor Smith said.

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