In the middle of October, when the leaves begin to change color in Louisiana and we get an ever-so-slight reprieve from the heat, one place takes full advantage of the beautiful weather. For eight years running, this festival has coursed through the day and lit up the night sky for a full weekend of wonder, amazement, and excitement.
The 8th Annual Alma Plantation Harvest Festival – bills to be another amazing weekend in downtown New Roads, promising to build on previous years success. The event is sponsored by WAFB Channel 9 and iHeart Radio and runs Friday through Sunday, October 19-21.
“I am proud to say that our festival has become one of the largest the state of Louisiana,” said New Roads Mayor Anthony Daisy. “We are excited to showcase our wonderful city and share with the world what we have always known: that New Roads is a great place to live, to play, and prosper.”
Grown it has, as the Harvest Festival attracts nationally-recognized musical artists to not one, but two stages at the festival. All three days both stages are packed with talent, including (Sheriff) Bud Torres & Posse; Parish County Line; Lakeside; Keith Frank; Chris Leblanc; MJ & the Redeemers; Boogie All-Stars; Barkays and many, many more.
Don’t just come for the music, though. The Harvest Festival touts one-of-a-kind art and food vendors that are scattered throughout downtown. They’re practically one-in-the-same, as food is an art form in Louisiana. The streets come alive starting Friday evening as vendors prepare for the whole weekend – artists and craftsmen begin hanging their wares, and the smells of amazing regional food begin to hit the air. As the size of Harvest Festival increases so, too, do the offerings as the mayor boasts over 100 food and art vendors have signed up for this year’s event.
Shoppers and eaters alike will have plenty of options!
Outside of the music, festival-goers will have a carnival to keep them entertained. A Ferris wheel that can be seen for miles, games, contests, and prizes await those who seek out the quick moving, metal attractions by day and the bright carnival lights of the night. It makes for a great date night, especially for those who are 18 and under – they get in free! Wristbands for carnival goers are on sale for $25.00.
New Roads has also added a beer garden option to the festival, for adults over 21, to go along with the carnival, music and football. The beer garden will have TVs for sports fans to watch the LSU vs Mississippi State, Southern Jaguars vs Texas Southern on Saturday and the Saints vs Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
Besides all that, did we mention that there’s a fireworks show over the river Saturday night? Let’s add in the fact that it nearly rivals the 4th of July celebration on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge so you know that New Roads wants to make sure you have a night to remember.
So mark your calendars for the weekend of October 19-21! The festival begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs until 10 p.m., then goes for a solid 12 hours on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and finally a cool-down day on Sunday, running from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit www.harvestfestivalnewroads.com.