Registration will begin at 7 a.m. for the 5K run/two mile fun walk at the CYO building. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m.
At 9 a.m. there will be Easter Fishin' on the Bayou fishing tournament for youths at the Cottonport Cross. Bring any old or torn U.S. flags for flag burning disposal at the cross on the bayou. Yellow ribbons will be tied around the old oak trees in memory of the troops.
At 10 a.m., the festivities will open with a blessing by Father Raj; and include an honor guard ceremony; the National Anthem; flag raising; Men’s Choir; and visiting festival queens as well as the Cottonport Christmas queens. There will be a children’s art walk and Antique Car Show on Cottonport Avenue directly behind the festival grounds. The vendor booths will open at this time. The Cottonport Museum and Cultural Center will be open and there will be a quilting demonstration.
Registration for the cake bake-off will be at 10:15 a.m. The judging will be held at 11:15 a.m. by Gary Arnold and Bob Moore of KLFY TV in Lafayette. The Motorcycle Club will be on Cottonport Avenue. The gift basket raffle is in memory of Blumes and Lily Lemoine.
Registration for the Easter Egg hunt will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will be entertainment by Kenny Bordelon at the Cotton Queen Square. Children’s activities such as a jupiter jump, slide and rock climbing will be available. The Easter Basket Decorating Contest will be at 10:45 on the Cotton Queen Stage.
At 11 a.m. the Easter egg hunt will take place and registration will begin for the egg knocking contest. The Country Kickers will be performing at the Cotton Queen Square and there will be free dance lessons for all.
A crawfish eating contest will follow at 11:30 a.m. with fresh boiled crawfish donated by James and Georgia Bernard. The winner receives an $80 boiling pot.
The Easter egg spoon race will begin at 12 noon and registration will begin for the Easter bonnet contest. The Parade of Wheels will be on Cottonport Avenue.
At 12:30 p.m., eggs will fly during the Easter egg tossing contest. The boudin eating contest will follow at 1 p.m. on the red stage with hot boudin donated by T-Jim and Jacque Moreau.
The Easter bonnet contest, parade and arrival of Peter Cottontail will begin at 1:30 p.m. The official Easter egg knocking contest begins at 2 p.m. This year’s Easter baskets will be in memory of Gano Lemoine and John Jeansonne.
Prizes for the egg knocking contest will be given in the following categories: T-Toddler division-1st place and 2nd place winners receive Easter baskets and third and fourth place winners receive festival t-shirts.
In the age eight or older chicken division, 1st place will receive $200, 2nd place will win $100, 3rd place $75 and 4th place $50. Finally in the ages eight years and up guinea egg competition: 1st place will receive $200, 2nd place will receive $100, 3rd wins $75 and 4th wins $50.
For more information call 876-2372, 876-3485 or 876-2966.
Other events this weekend are:
5th Annual “Easter on the Red” slated Saturday in Ward One The Vick community will celebrate its fifth annual Easter on the Red River, Saturday, April 3 at Ben Routh Park. In case of rain, the event may be moved to the Lafargue gym or another location.
Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with the invocation and registration for all contests including egg knocking and egg decorating. All eggs used in the egg knocking contest will be broken.
At 11:30 a.m., the Easter bonnet/hat contest will begin. There will be three categories: Children’s-ages 0 to 12 years; Adult’s-ages 12 years and up and Men’s category. Each bonnet should be named and must be paraded on stage. Prizes will be given in first through fourth place in each category.
The cake walk will take place at 12 noon and continue throughout the afternoon.
At 12:30 p.m., the children’s egg knocking contest will begin. Children ages 0 to 7 must register prior to the event. Three fresh hard boiled chicken eggs will be provided for each contestant by the Easter on the Red River committee. Prizes will be awarded for first through fourth places.
The egg decorating contest will be held at 1 p.m. with two categories. There will be a “Mom and Dad can help” and a “Only I decorated this egg” category. There will be a children’s age and adult group. All eggs must be registered by 1 p.m. to be eligible Prizes will be awarded for first through fourth place and for the most original.
The children’s egg hunt will begin at 1:30 p.m. with 1,000 eggs to hunt. There will be three categories. Participants in ages 0 to three years will be allowed to have one person help them find the eggs. Other categories will be ages four to six years old and ages seven to 12 years old. Prizes will awarded in first through fourth place; for finding the Golden egg and for the most eggs.
At 2:30 p.m., the winners in the egg bonnet, egg decorating and egg hunts will be announced.
At 3 p.m., the adult chicken egg knocking contest will begin. Anyone ages eight years and up will be eligible to participate. Competitors must provide three of their own fresh hard boiled chicken eggs. All others will be disqualified. Prizes will be awarded in first through fourth place. All chicken eggs will be broken. Participants must be registered before the start of the contest.
Finally, the guinea egg knocking contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. for all ages. Competitors must provide three fresh hard boiled guinea eggs for the contest. All other eggs will be disqualified. Prizes will be awarded in first through fourth place. All entered guinea eggs will be broken.
The Easter Bunny and Easter Chicken will be on hand to greet visitors. Concessions will be sold during the event.
Marksville Egg Knocking set Easter Sunday The City of Marksville will be hosting the Annual Easter Egg Knocking Contest on Easter Sunday April 4, on the Courthouse Square in downtown Marksville. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Categories include: Chicken Egg Contest which begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Guinea Egg Contest.
Age Groups: Toddlers ages one-seven, Adults ages eight years and up.
Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places, ages eight and up. Prizes given to all toddlers who enter win or lose.