Life seemed to move in slow motion in the small town atmosphere, and everyone knew everything about most anyone, that lived in the area.
Regardless if it was the fine folks of Bunkie, Marksville, Mansura or any points in between, the parish would come to life with excitement, when functions such as the La. Corn Festival, Christmas parades or the Cochon de lait, was making it's annual appearances, respectively.
Bunkie was one of the smaller cities in Avoyelles Parish that had a solid employment work force for years, until the loss of its Walmart franchise, which had been a main source of income, for the community. It had a devastating effect locally. Walmart then created a super center in Marksville, located blocks from the Grand Casino. The people of the Bunkie area made adjustments, and went on with life, the best way they could.
Being an avoyellian transplant to the Baton Rouge area, has been a true 'culture shock', in every sense of the word. The simple and tranquil life style of Avoyelles parish, fades away when you get wrapped up in rush hour traffic, anywhere’s from the LSU campus, with all its game day anticipation to the backed up traffic, in all locations of the city, that can be seen as far as the eye can see. Where as a daily work commute in Avoyelles, might require a 15-20 minute travel time, the same 15 miles that you travel may take you anywhere’s from thirty minutes, to as much as a couple hours, here in the capital city.
Though both areas have their own unique ways of life, they both also have challenges that can test even the best of spirits.
I have found that whether the small town or the big city, it boils down to what you, as a individual are willing to make of it.
Enjoy the life you live in
Sincerely, Kobe J. East
Baton Rouge La.
Former resident of Bunkie