Downtown Cajun Festival
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Cajun Fest has moved to the ARENA side of the J.S. Bridwell Ag Center, 111 N. Burnett.
Downtown Wichita Falls Development and the Elks Lodge #1105 once again put a Texoma twist on the 9th annual Cajun Fest taking place Saturday, May 14th in downtown Wichita Falls. Gates open at noon and the event will last until we shut it down! Grab your family and friends, find your old Mardi Gras beads, search for your craziest hats and Cajun attire, and then head downtown to shop, eat, play and dance!
-Iron Horse Pub
-Sheppard ITT office
-Downtown Development office
Bands to be announced soon!
Enjoy delicious dishes ALL ranging in price from $2.00-$5.00
Cajun food is a major aspect of this event, and there will be plenty of it – so come hungry! Some of the featured delicacies will be live boiled crawfish, alligator on a stick, Cajun fried catfish, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, boudin, pork cracklins, King Cake, and more! Food will be served throughout the event, or until it runs out – so come early! Food costs range from $2 - $5 a serving. All proceeds from Cajun food sales will go to benefit Elks Lodge #1105 charities.
Returning this year is Gator Country, best known for their CMT show Gator 911. They have also been featured on Animal Planet’s River Monsters and A&E’s Billy the Exterminator. They are bringing a hands-on Gator Show that will educate about alligators, lizards, turtles, tortoises and more. If you can brave your fears, they will have plenty of opportunities for handling and photo ops!
This year, DWFD is bringing in 4 bands, including Tejas Brothers, T’Monde, Pine Leaf Boys and the Dr. Zog Band.
ABOUT THE BANDS:
Tejas Brothers are best described as Tex-Mex Honky Tonk. The combination of accordion and steel guitar often lends a Cajun vibe to this delightfully hard-to-categorize band. A typical trip through a Tejas Brothers medley might start out as a jumpin' tejano polka, hop into steam-engine country train song, and then drop you off into a twisting blues rocker!
Steeped in traditionalism, T'Monde plays old fashioned Cajun music ranging from the early 1900's to present day. Bringing together influences ranging from early Country music to ancient French and Creole ballads to present day Cajun music, T'Monde plays music that is made for the ears as well as the feet.
Louisiana's finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. The Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto.
Listening to the music of the Dr. Zog Band is like traveling to Cajun country. This upbeat, positive music with a driving beat takes your taste buds and heart to Louisiana and Southeast, Texas where gumbo, crawfish, and beer abound.
Last, but certainly not least, is the amazing Children’s Area! Keep your children (and kids at heart) entertained all day with our carnival rides, magician, and more!
This event is designed to bring awareness to, and help the revitalization of, historic downtown Wichita Falls. It also serves as a fundraiser for Downtown Wichita Falls Development and other nonprofits. Downtown merchants will be open for shopping on Saturday. The event lasts all day, so people are encouraged to get stamped, leave and look at surrounding museums and shops.
For any questions, please feel free to contact the DWFD office at 940-322-4525 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.