Port Allen, LA – The West Baton Rouge Museum is presenting SugarFest for the 20th year. The “sweet ole time” will take place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 4th.
This is a annual event where the sugar can harvest is celebrated. Louisiana has been in the business of sugar making for 200 years.
The first year of SugarFest was 1995. In that time frame it was named a “Top Twenty Southeastern Tourism Event” two times.
Now a south Louisiana tradition, festival attenders are invited to chew on stalks of cane and take tours of six plantation buildings and various exhibits graphically pointing to sugar plantation life over decade upon decade.
Visitors can see a 22 foot model of a sugar mill which is in working condition.
Folk art demonstrations will take place featuring the 19th century as well as dance performances and live music.
This is a family friendly event in which history is given a chance to come alive.
The 20th anniversary of SugarFest promises to be bigger and better than ever. Some of the demonstrations include mule driven cane grinding, cane syrup boiling, praline candy making, open hearth cooking, filé making, blacksmithing, rope making, soap making, bousillage making, wood carving and tin type photography. Other festivities include wagon and train rides, a petting zoo, old fashioned cake walks and a sweets contest with celebrity judges. Source: http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=307&Itemid=65
by Writer & Photographer, Kevin Woolsey, Baton Rouge 360.