(Information Updates in Progress!!!)
Poke Salad Festival Announces Theme for 2014
To be Determined
The Blanchard Poke Salad Festival is incorporating past and present fun activities for all. Come enjoy live entertainment, carnival, and numerous activities for kids to name a few. We are including the "Poke Salad Idol" contest, where you can show off your talent and earn the title of Poke Salad Idol 2014.
Click Here To Read The 2013 President's Message
There are many ways for you to participate and possibly win cash prizes at the Poke Salad Festival in 2014.
Poke Salad Idol Contest
Come show off your talent at the all new Poke Salad Idol contest, or come enjoy and show your support of our local talent. This will be a great time for all ages as there will be two age groups (12 yrs and under, 13 yrs and up). Rounds 1 & 2 will be 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday 5/10/13, with finalists competing Saturday at 2:35 pm. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime Friday to sign up. You may also sign up by emailing Tanya Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are inviting all businesses in the Blanchard area to participate in the Store Front Decorating Contest during the week of May 5th through May 10th by decorating for the good time to be had by all.
First place - $75.00 Office Depot gift card
Second place - $25.00 gift card.
The Store Front Decorating Contest is sponsored by Ark-La-Tex Superior Signs.
Please call Neil Kalberg at 309-2647 for more information or to register your business in the contest.
The Poke Salad Festival Treasure Hunt starts on Monday May 5th with clues being announced daily in the newspaper, on the radio, and by 8:00 A.M. here on the Treasure Hunt page.
The $1,500.00 prize is sponsored by long-time Poke Salad Festival supporter Doug's Paint and Body Shop.
Childrens' Treasure Hunt
There will be a treasure hunt just for children, eight years old and under, every half hour starting at 11:30am on the grounds and ending at 5:00pm. Children can search for the loot by asking any Poke Salad Festival committee member, dressed in PSF event staff shirt if they have the treasure! Only one win per child, please.
As you may already know, one of the highlights of the Poke Salad Festival is the Parade through downtown Blanchard on Saturday May 10th, starting at 10:00 AM in front of Blanchard Elementary School. This year our Grand Marshal will be (To Be Determined). We always have great participation and creative ideas in our Parade Float Contest, sponsored by Doug's Paint and Body Shop.
Best in Parade receives $250.00 cash, and a trophy.
There will also be 1st and 2nd place trophies given in the following categories.
Best in float
Best Marching/Twirling / Cheer
All groups, teams, or businesses are invited to participate in the parade float contest with no charge to join the fun. Car clubs and any other group or individual wishing to be in the parade should please contact Sandra West at 929-2639 or 422-9112 to register your parade entry. For map and additional information, see the Parade page.
Pokey Pet Parade contest for area pet owners . Thank you to our sponsor Brookings Animal Hospital. Prizes will be awarded for Cutest - Just makes you go awwww weee; Owner look alike - dress up as a pair!; and Best Costume. For more general and registration information, check out the Pokey Pet Parade page.
Also, the Carnival will feature armbands for all-you-can-ride rides on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this year. Don't forget to pre-purchase your carnival all-you-can-ride armband tickets at Doug's Paint and Body Shop, Pizza King, Blanchard Insurance, Blanchard Town Hall, & Express Mart for $15.00 in advance, or pay $18.00 on the day of for your armband. Tickets are available in stores now - watch for the carnival posters to go up.
Poke Salad T-shirts
The much anticipated 2014 Poke Salad Festival t-shirts will be at Doug's Paint and Body Shop, Blanchard Insurance, Pizza King, and Blanchard Town Hall. Cost is $10 for all sizes (XS - XXL). Get yours while supplies last!!!
(Updates in Progress!!!!)
We are looking forward to an exciting line-up of entertainment this year.
Friday Night - May 9th, 2014 - Main Pavilion Stage
4:00-6:00 pm - Poke Salad Idol - Karaoke contest - Round 1-2 (finalists perform on Saturday with River City Entertainment)
6:00-8:00 pm - HomeMade Jam band - traditional country, variety
8:00-10:00 pm - Hystrung Band - Branson
Saturday May 10, 2014 - Main Pavilion Stage
To wrap up the festivities we plan to have a tailgate party at the Pavilion featuring:
3:15-5:15 pm - Bayou Boogie Band - Cajun, LA Swamp, Country
5:25-7:25 pm - Michael D'Armond Band
7:35-9:15 pm - Dixie Tradition
9:25-11:00 or so - Nickle Beer - headlining the show
Doug's Paint and Body Shop stage
We will feature Karaoke hosted by River City Entertainment. So all you Blanchard crooners, get ready to sing your hearts out at the festival with over 6000 songs to choose from.
(And don't forget to sign up for the Poke Salad Idol contest!!)
Click here for full schedule of events.
So come on Blanchard, let's get excited about the Poke Salad Festival in Blanchard Louisiana!