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Tickfaw Italian Festival Kicks Off This Saturday

April 15, 2009

The always fun and exciting Tickfaw Italian Festival will kick off this Saturday, April 18th with a Spaghetti Cook-Off.  The Spaghetti Cook-Off will be held near the White Pavilion at the railroad tracks in Tickfaw.  Everyone is invited to watch the competing chefs.  So, bring a chair, soak up some sun and cheer the cooks!
 
On Wednesday, the First Guaranty Bank will host an open house at the Tickfaw City Hall (5pm).
 
The Tickfaw Italian Celebration and Festival will be held next weekend (April 24-26).  The festival will be held at Tickfaw’s Our Lady Of Pompeii Baseball Park.  The fun begins on Friday night at 6 pm.  Kenny Fife and the Bac Trac Band will provide entertainment until 9 pm.  Following Kenny will be the Van Broussard & Bayou Boggie Band, who will play until midnight.
 
A parade will be rolling though town at 10 am, so arrive a little early to get a great curbside seat.  The official Opening Ceremonies are slated for noon at the Festival grounds.  Saturday’s entertainment will be provided by Broken Silence (12pm), the energetic Bag of Donuts (2pm), Destiny (5pm), Rhythm Kings (7pm) and Todd O’Neal (9pm).
 
Sunday’s activities will begin with celebration mass at Our Lady of Pompeii Church.  An appearance by Miss Louisiana Blair Abene is scheduled at 10 am.  If you are a closet singer or a public one, you are sure to enjoy Karoke (11-2).  Donino’s will be providing the entertainment until the closing of the festival at 6 pm.
 
You know that the food will be great, with various booths offering Italian specialities.  The culinary delight of Italian sausage or down-home Louisiana alligator sausage will be available for your enjoyment.  The Boy Scouts of America will be serving that all-American favorite: hamburgers.  You can wash down the great food with a little beer or even a Daiquiri.
 
Arts and crafts booths will dot the landscape and carnival rides are available for kids of all ages.  The live entertainment will be performed on two separate stages.
 
Come celebrate the Italian immigrants who helped to make Louisiana the great state it is!
 
Yvonne Martin, The Martin Team

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