Schedule of Events

Entertainment Schedule

 Treasure Hunt


Pokey Pet Parade

Miss Blanchard Pageant

Vendor Forms


About the Poke Salad Plant



Thank you to our sponsors






After Hours

 Contact Us

General Information and Vendor Booths

Neil Kalberg 309-2647


Tanya Avery 318-560-4951

Shawn Saunders 318-510-7722


Jessica West

please text 318-422-9867

or call 318-422-9112 or 318-422-9867

Welcome to official website of

The Poke Salad Festival Association


The 40th Annual Poke Salad Festival

will be held

May 5th - 10th, 2014

in Blanchard, Louisiana


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 5/9/14, 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


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.


  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 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

Other/Parade participant

  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 

4:00-6:00 pm - Poke Salad Idol - Karaoke contest - Round 1-2 (finalists perform on Saturday with 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".

3:40-5:25 pm - Southern Drive - Gospel Bluegrass group all the way from Rockwall, Texas.

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!

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!