Eunice Bulb and Blossom Club members Jeanita Morris and Lynn Pavich work on a plant bed in front of City Hall on Tuesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)
Grammy-award-winning band to be presented free at birthday event
All the music during the city’s 125th birthday celebration Saturday will be outside and free.
Eunice Mayor Scoott Fontenot said the National Park Service is paying for the presentation of the Grammy-award winning band, Pine Leaf Boys, at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Kristy Wallisch, park ranger and public information officer for the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, said the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center opened this week Air conditioning problems had closed the center.
The Pelican/Aracadia Publishing company, which published the Clovis Crawfish books that will be on sale during the birthday celebration, will have a representative in Eunice for the unveiling of the Clovis Crawfish statue.
There will be specially designed birthday T-shirts on sale for $15 each as well as posters. The T-shirts should be on sale by Tuesday at City Hall.
Vivian Soileau Broussard, a Eunice artist, created and designed the two birthday celebration products, Thibodeaux said.
The Eunice Kiwanians will sponsor a Children’s Face Painting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 14.
The Eunice Players’ Theatre will supply all paints, brushes and supplies for the face painting.
Events start at 10 a.m. with a parade beginning at Picou’s drug store on North 2nd Street and ending on 300 South 2nd Street at City Hall. It will honor past and present local dignitaries, LSUE, school bands, spirit groups, Miss LSUE, Eunice Teen, Teen Louisiana queens, and more.
Outside events end at 6 p.m. and the last event is with the Pine Leaf Boys at the Liberty Theatre .
There will be:
A chance to win $12,500 with a dice game.
Children dressed in authentic Acadian clothing and face painting.
Many photo opportunities such as wooden cut outs of Acadian Boy (garcon) & Girl (fillette) outfits for pictures, photo cut out of Mrs. Eunice Pharr Duson statue to take pictures with your face as Mrs. Eunice statue, picture frame for selfies.
The opening of the Centennial Time Capsule at 12:30 p.m.
Cajun Rice & Gravy food cook-off, food trucks, arts and craft vendors and booths, and a Classic Car show.
Live music and dancing all day: Fred Charlie, 10 a.m. to noon; Kyle Huval, 1 to 3 p.m., Geno Delafose, 4 to 6 p.m; and The Pine Leaf Boys, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thin Blue Line with crime stoppers will have booth with food, snacks, fingerprinting, and more
The main event of the day is the unveiling of the new Clovis Crawfish statue by descendants of Mary Alice Fontenot, with illustrator R.A. Keller at 3 p.m. The statue is a depiction of Clovis’ house illustrated by Reginald Keller. Clovis Crawfish Books will be signed by Julie Fontenot Landry.
Registration pricing includes: food booths $25; arts and crafts booths, $35; food trucks, $100.
For more information call the Eunice Mayor’s Office at 337-457-7389, extension 1.