Come have a sweet ole time at the West Baton Rouge Museum’s SugarFest on Sunday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This will be the museum’s 22nd annual sweet celebration of the sugar cane harvest. SugarFest has been twice named a Top Twenty Southeastern Tourism Event. What started out started out in 1995 as a celebration commemorating 200 years of sugar making in Louisiana has since become a south Louisiana tradition in which festival goers of all ages look forward to visiting the museum grounds to chew on stalks of cane and tour historic plantation buildings and exhibits illustrating sugar plantation life.
See a 22 foot working model of a sugar mill that was first displayed at the 1904 World’s Fair in Saint Louis. View two changing exhibits including Julie Stewart photography exhibit entitled “Raw Sugar: Harvest in Black and White” and “Water Trails of the Atchafalaya.” Then, step outside to enjoy traditional 19th century folk art demonstrations, live musical and dance performances, living history activities, plantation fare and sugary treats.
Some of the demonstrations include mule driven cane grinding, cane syrup boiling, praline candy making, filé making, blacksmithing, bousillage making, wood carving, wood working, spinning, net making, painting, and more. Other festivities include wagon and train rides, a petting zoo, an old fashioned cake walk and a sweets contest with celebrity judges.
Live musical performances feature Blues music with Lil’ Ray Neal and with the Riverside Blues Band, Dixieland Jazz with the Storyville Stompers, acoustic Jazz with Dorothy LeBlanc, Bluegrass with the Fabulous Bagasse Boyz, Cajun music with Choupique Band, Cajun Roots and CFMA Dancers, and Les Bon Sons, folk music with the Cane Grinders, Lagniappe Dulcimer Society, and Kitchen Session, vocal talent from the West Baton Rouge All-Parish Choir, and more.
West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen, Louisiana, just minutes from downtown Baton Rouge. For more information or to request a sweets contest entry form, please call 225-336-2422 x 15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.
SugarFest is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. SugarFest is FREE and open to the public. Hope to see you there, SUGAR!