Poke Salad Festival Announces Theme for 2014
"Fabulous Forty and Beyond"
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.
Please Read The 2014 President's Message Here!
There are many ways for you to participate and possibly win cash prizes at the Poke Salad Festival in 2014.
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 $1,000.00 prize is sponsored by long-time Poke Salad Festival supporter Doug's Paint and Body Shop.
Children's Prize Drawings
There will be drawings just for children, starting at 12:00am at the pavilion and ending at ~1:30pm. Children sign up for chances at great prizes at the Children's tint starting at 11:30am. Must be present to win or next name will be drawn. Good Luck to all participants!
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 is Blanchard Police Chief Gary Presswood. 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 text Jessica West at 318-422-9867 or call 318-422-9112 or 318-422-9867 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.
We are looking forward to an exciting line-up of entertainment this year.
Friday Night - May 9th, 2014 - Main Pavilion Stage - sponsored by Doug's Paint & Body Shop
6:00-10:00 pm - Karaoke & Sock Hop hosted by River City Entertainment
Saturday May 10, 2014 - Main Pavilion Stage
We have a great lineup at the Pavilion featuring:
1:45-3:30 pm - Mason Dixon Band - Toe tapping traditional country! This group has many talented players from the Shreveport area, and you never know, they may bring a special guest with them. Hint: "Seven Spanish Angels".
3:35-5:25 pm - Karaoke hosted by River City Entertainment
5:35-7:25 pm - Mr. Brandy Roberts - From Shreveport, LA, he is a high energy performer offering a Jerry Lee Lewis type show. Brandy is personally endorsed by the Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis. He has performed on the Penny Gilley show in Branson, MO for the last few years. Blanchard's own Dixie Tradition has shared the stage with this talented guy several times. So slick your hair back and pull out the poodle skirts.
7:35-9:35 pm - Bayou Boogie Band - Bayou Boogie is a Shreveport, LA based variety band specializing in a wide variety of great music, including authentic Zydeco and Cajun music. From great classic Rock, Blues, Soul, and Country tunes to Swamp Rock/Pop and Louisiana Zydeco/Cajun, Bayou Boogie is the premier 4 piece band in the entire Ark-La-Tex area with a sound that reflects Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, The Box Tops, Beau Jocque, and Wilson Pickett.
9:45-12:15 pm - After Hours - A new upcoming three piece rocking band from Mansfield, LA. Their influences are Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Keith Whitley, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Hank Jr., and Merle Haggard. They have opened for many local and national acts and we are so glad to have them coming to Poke Salad. Bring your pickup trucks and tailgate the show!
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.
Click here for full schedule of events.
So come on Blanchard, let's get excited about the Poke Salad Festival in Blanchard Louisiana!