Thursday, September 21, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish –The 44th Annual Andouille Festival Presented by Marathon Petroleum Company, LP kick-off and poster reveal commenced on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. John Community Center. Parish officials and Andouille festival organizers unveiled the official 44th Annual Andouille Festival Poster and announced that a portion of poster sale proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness. The event was catered by Zora Christina and The Frying Station. The event ended with a performance from the Harold Warren and the Innervision Band. The festival is set to take place October 13 - 15, 2017 at the Thomas F. Daley Memorial Park, 2900 Highway 51 in LaPlace.
“The taste of Andouille is well-known in the River Parishes, throughout Louisiana and around the country,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom. “Our annual Andouille Festival provides an opportunity to showcase this delicious and flavorful sausage along with the history and culture of St. John the Baptist Parish. Our festival print is also representative of our history and it showcases all that is St. John and will do so for many years to come.”
Parish President Natalie Robottom gave opening remarks and introduced the 44th Annual Andouille Festival. Tracy Case, Marathon Petroleum, LP Division Manager, gave remarks and built excitement around the company’s involvement with the festival for the third straight year. Aspen Murphy from Marathon Petroleum Company, LP presented a check for $30,000 to parish officials. St. John the Baptist Parish Director of Economic Development, Jerry W. Jones Jr. introduced, Dana Bardell Wallace, the festival’s poster artist for the second year in a row. Wallace offered remarks regarding her inspiration for this year's festival poster.
“It was such a blessing to be able to do this poster for the festival for the second year,” said Wallace. “I knew I’d have to craft something just as unique as last year. I thought about all the people fighting breast cancer daily and I realize it’s not just about my art. The best part of the work is the community and mission around it.”
Following the remarks, Wallace and Parish President Robottom unveiled the poster. Pre-order posters are currently available for sale at the St. John Parish Economic Development Department and online. Starting in October, posters can be ordered at Matherne's Supermarket in LaPlace, Don's Supermarket and Greg's Supermarket in Reserve. One-hundred signed and numbered festival prints are being sold for $40.00 each and signature only are $30.00 each. Posters will also be sold in the General Store the weekend of the Andouille Festival. A portion of poster sales will be donated to breast cancer research.
For years, the Andouille Festival has been a St. John the Baptist Parish tradition. The festival features music, food, festivities and good times. Thousands of people attend the weekend festival and participate in the many events the festival has to offer. The festival is owned and produced by the parish and profits from the festival benefit St. John the Baptist Parish Schools.
The Andouille Festival presented by Marathon Petroleum Company, LP is sponsored by EuroChem, Entergy, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, Denka Performance Elastomer, Noranda Aluminum, Inc., Pink Oak Terminal, LLC, Reserve Telecommunications (RTC,) Cumulus, Cox Media, Where Y’at Magazine and OffBeat Media.
For more information, please visit www.andouillefestival.com. Follow the Andouille Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/andouillefestival.