The North Shore gets a new festival this weekend. The Honey Island Swamp Fest debuts this Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Pearl River, La. at KBR Lake, off Interstate 59, Exit 5.
Mayor David McQueen said he wanted to bring another major event back to Pearl River for residents to enjoy, similar to the Catfish Festival years ago.
Here's what you can expect at this inaugural festival.
Enjoy lots of food and booze.
Festival organizers say they’ll have quite a few food options from local vendors. We got the scoop on some of the items they will dish out for festival-goers. So far we know a couple of vendors: Rotolo’s Pizzeria and Pearl River restaurant, Big D’s, who will serve jambalaya. Attendees can also bite into chicken on a stick, tamales, pork skins, hamburgers, fried Oreo’s, chicken bites, fried catfish plates and more. Also, make sure you bring proper identification to purchase alcoholic beverages.
There's fun for all ages -- including carnival rides.
There’s really a little something for everyone. Kids — and the young at heart — can enjoy carnival rides with a pay-one-price arm band. Festival-goers can also check out the duck race and corn hole tournaments. Tickets for those events can be purchased during the festival. Craft vendors will also be on-site.
Groove to some tunes!
Of course, you can’t have a festival without great music. Several local bands will hit the stage starting at noon including John Crowe, Eddie Curtis and The Bayou Boys, Jerald Crowe and Voodoo Gumbo. Get ready to two-step!
noon to 2 p.m. – John Crowe
3 p.m to 5 p.m. – Eddie Curtis and The Bayou Boys
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Jerald Crowe and The 2nd Hand Blues Band
9 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Voodoo Gumbo
Photo courtesy: Voodoo Gumbo via Facebook
BYOC = Bring your own chair.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets. Tents and canopies are also welcome. Anyone bringing a tent or canopy must not be blocking others. However, no outside ice chests or food are allowed.