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State of Louisiana
St. Martinville Bicentennial Celebration
News Release
Friday, January 13, 2017

St. Martinville Bicentennial Opening to Feature a Municipal Cook-Off 

St. Martinville was incorporated by act of the State legislature, right behind New Orleans and Baton Rouge, on January 30, 1817, and we are celebrating our Bicentennial with a special day filled with activities and free of charge from 9am – 5pm on January 28, 2017 at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site.

In the beginning, St. Martinville was the administrative post of the Attakapas District, namely St. Martin, St. Mary, Iberia, Lafayette and Vermilion parishes.   To celebrate our historic ties and present day friendships, we are inviting the municipalities who were part of the historic Attakapas District, along with some other friends, to take part in a friendly cook-off as part of our activities on Jan 28, and highlight their local specialties.     

You never know what you might catch that day (pun intended), including some catfish from Henderson, cracklin from Parks, boudin from Scott.  And we’re just getting started from Lafayette to Jeanerette, Abbeville (a bit of omelet), and more.      

Appropriately, it’s an old-fashioned celebration with food, music, a re-enactment, prayer and activities for the family and young ones.    We are teaming up with Longfellow-Evangeline State to offer actvities for everyone from 9am to 5pm and free of charge. 

Kicking off the day will be the Renaissance de la Ville Run.  All runners are welcome to participate in the 5K run through Longfellow-Evangeline and surrounding areas, beginning at 8am.  Fees for the race include t-shirts and medals for first, second and third place finishers in Junior and Senior Divisions.   Visit our Facebook page at St. Martinville Bicentennial for a copy of the registration.

It wouldn’t be a Bicentennial without a re-enactment of the signing of the incorporation.   State and local officials, along with St. Martinville Primary 5th grade students, will provide a memorable and touching portrait of the actual legal birth of our City.  

St. Martinville Senior High School Band will also be there to perform!

The Cajun and Creole Cookers have graciously agreed to be part of the festivities.   It’s always great fun to visit them while they are cooking and then sample their efforts.   We are also excited to host a very special cook-off, and we will shortly be sharing details!

Take part in our Wishing Tree and share your special thoughts for and about St. Martinville.  You will be helping to produce a unique piece of community art that will be displayed at City Hall and other Bicentennial events during the year.

What would a family fun day be without games and a photo booth and face painting.   And we’re working with the Kiwanis Club and the Girl Scouts and others to provide even more fun!

Join Longfellow-Evangeline staff for tours of the site.   Keep a look out for some surprise presentations, videos and more!

In the afternoon beginning at 1pm, join our local church choirs and ministers from Jenkins Memorial Baptist Church, Mallalieu Methodist Church, Notre Dame Catholic Church and St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, for what promises to be a special and uplifting afternoon of spiritual music and thoughts.  

And bring your dancing shoes!!  cuz we’re closing out the day with Sideshow from 3-5pm!

There’s plenty of room!  Bring your picnic.   Bring your families.   Have a family reunion!

A huge appreciation to our sponsors who are helping to make our year-long celebration possible:  Oak Level – Cajun Chef, Courtesy Chevrolet Cadillac of Broussard and St. Martin Bank, Pecan Level – City of St. Martinville, Cox Cable, Dubroc Engineering and Bulliard Construction, and Cane Level – Southwest Group, Acadian Memorial Foundation, St. Martinville Main Street Association, Hamilton Medical Group, Pellerin Funeral Home, O’Brien Law Firm, Teche Bank, Prosper Construction and Senator Fred Mills.   A special thanks to St. Martin Parish Tourism for all they do to support our efforts!

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Schedule for January 28, 2017

7am     5K Registration

8am     Renaissance de la Ville 5K Run 

9 am    Park opens / flag raising / Cook-off starts

 10am   Re-enactment of the Act of Incorporation of St. Martinville

 1pm     Choir concert and ecumenical service

 3pm     Fais dodo w/ Sideshow

 5pm     Park closes

Activities for children, community art project, Cajun and Creole cookers, tours, presentations and more.  

Photos courtesy of James Akers and Steve Comeaux.

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