We had a wonderful time this past weekend at Alex River Fete 2017 in our hometown of Alexandria, LA. It was a three day festival, but we were there only on Saturday for almost the full day. This is a festival that was started a few years ago to celebrate our city and bring together great entertainment, live music, great food and local arts & crafts vendors. There are some really great events as well including the Dragon Boat races, a classic car show and lots of free activities for the kids!
And in their words:
“The City of Alexandria – in partnership with dozens of local arts organizations and programs – combines the success of existing cultural events, bringing them “all under one roof” for three days in Downtown Alexandria. Together with numerous local businesses, community participants, teams, civic leaders and sponsors, the AlexRiverFête celebration embodies the spirit of community, culture and collaboration.”
Yummy local food
We started our day at the classic car show. There were more than we expected and some were restored to a beautiful like new or better than new condition. We had some good food like chicken-on-a-stick (this was really good) and pizza cooked in a brick oven inside a huge trailer. Cameron stuck with his boring corndog, but he said they were really good. And we had some great sweets too, we especially enjoyed the huge brownie and cream cheese bars! No festival is complete in Louisiana without snow-cones or sneaux-cones and we had our share including a Picklelicious… yes that is a pickle juice concoction with two pickle spears sticking out of the top!
There were some fabulous arts & crafts vendors selling everything to home made bath bombs (yes we bought some of these) to jellies to clothing to beautiful artwork.
The highlight for us is always the music. With Jason being a musician and his band, Fall of Isaac, performing that night, we spent a good deal of time in front of one of the three music stages. Over at the Fete stage we saw Mo Lowda & the Humble; New Breed Brass Band; The Main Squeeze and JJ Grey & Mofro. At the Indie stage we listened to the music of all local Alexandria bands like: Agent Undercover, Aurum, Broken By The Burden, Astro Motel, Omnisonic Theory, Mojo Killjoy and of course the best of them all (wink, wink) Fall of Isaac!
All it all it was a great, warm Louisiana spring day! The City of Alexandria says they have more festivals in the works and we can’t wait!!!
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