Schedule of Events

Entertainment Schedule

 Treasure Hunt


Miss Blanchard Pageant

Vendor Forms


About the Poke Salad Plant



Thank you to our sponsors





 Contact Us

General Information and Vendor Booths

Neil Kalberg 309-2647


Shawn Saunders 318-510-7722


Jessica West

please text 318-422-9867

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

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Welcome to official website of

The Poke Salad Festival Association


The 42nd Annual Poke Salad Festival

will be held

May 9th - 14th, 2016

in Blanchard, Louisiana


Poke Salad Festival Announces Theme for 2016

"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.




There are many ways for you to participate and possibly win cash prizes at the Poke Salad Festival in 2016.


 The 2016 Poke Salad Treasure has been found. See the Treasure Hunt page for details!

The Poke Salad Festival Treasure Hunt starts on Monday May 9th 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.





As you may already know, one of the highlights of the Poke Salad Festival is the Parade, hosted by Blanchard's own "Lovable" Larry Ryan, which travels through downtown Blanchard on Saturday May 14th, starting at 10:00 AM in front of Blanchard Elementary School. This year our Grand Marshal is Dr. David D. Bryan. 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.


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, Blanchard Insurance, or Blanchard Town Hall for $15 in advance, or pay $18 at the gate on Thursday or $20 on Friday and Saturday for your armband. Watch for the carnival posters to go up.


We are looking forward to an exciting line-up of entertainment this year. 

Friday May 13, 2016 –Main Pavilion Stage

         5:00 - 8:00 PM - Red River Entertainment (Karaoke)
Presented By: Doug's Paint & Body Shop
Saturday May 14, 2016 - Main  Pavilion Stage
                          DOUG'S PAINT & BODY SHOP

1:00 PM -   Tequilla Rose Band  - (Jimmy Bertron &) Come enjoy this Traditional Country, Up To Date Country & Southern Rock-N-Roll band. This group has about 45 years of experience & mostly from the Blanchard area.

                      3:00 PM -   Ole Whiskey Revival – With classic country 

                      roots & ability to play just about anything, these men

                      from Shreveport & Blanchard LA., Trent Daugherty & the

                      boys will keep you moving.

                      5:00 PM -   Brandy Roberts – Mr. Roberts is from

                      Shreveport, LA and is a high energy performer offering a

                      Jerry 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

                      several years. So slick your hair back & pull out the

                      poodle skirt.

                      7:00 PM -  Jake Williams and Yesterdays’ Wine – This

                      local band will WOW you with Old Country, Texas

                      Country, Creedence and all in between sounds.  ENJOY!

                      9:30 PM -  Bayou Boogie Band – Bayou Boogie is a

                      Shreveport LA based variety band specializing in a wide

                      variety of great music, including  great classic Rock,

                      Blues, Soul 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. Their sound

                      reflects (CCR), Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys,

                      The Box Tops, Beau Jocque, & Wilson Pickett

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!