Festival Kick-Off and Poster Reveal for the 43rd Annual Andouille Festival
Monday, September 19, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - The 43rd Annual Andouille Festival Presented by Marathon Petroleum Company, LP kick-off and poster reveal commenced on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 1:30p.m. in the St. John Community Center. Parish officials and Andouille festival organizers unveiled the official 43rd Annual Andouille Festival Poster and announced that a portion of poster sale proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research and awareness. The festival is slated to take place October 14 - 16, 2016 at the Thomas F. Daley Memorial (Hwy 51) Park in LaPlace.
"The Andouille Festival is more than a parish tradition," said St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom. "The festival brings together friends, family, food and great times. We are all excited about this year's festival and we hope the community shares this excitement."
Parish President Natalie Robottom gave opening remarks and introduced the 43rd Annual Andouille Festival. Keith Hightower and Aspen Murphy from Marathon Petroleum Company, LP provided remarks on involvement for the second straight year. St. John the Baptist Parish Director of Economic Development, Jerry W. Jones Jr. introduced this year's festival poster artists, Dana Bardell Wallace. Wallace offered remarks regarding her inspiration for this year's festival poster.
"I am honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to create a piece for a good cause," said Dana Bardell Wallace, the 43rd Annual Andouille Festival poster artist. "Not only do I get to share my work with the community, but my work will result in further breast cancer research and awareness. Creating this piece was important to me because of that."
Following the remarks, Wallace and Parish President Robottom unveiled the poster. The event closed with a special presentation to Marathon Sponsors.
"We are extremely pleased to sponsor the Andouille Festival once again," said Tracy Case, Marathon Petroleum Company, LP General Manager. "As an organization, Marathon values our relationship with the community. Sponsoring this event allows us to show our commitment to the communities we do business in."
Posters will be available for sale beginning in October at the St. John Parish Economic Development Department, Matherne's Supermarket in LaPlace, Don's Supermarket and Greg's Supermarket in Reserve. One-hundred signed and numbered festival prints are being sold for $40.00 each and signature only are $30.000 each. Posters will also be sold in the General Store the weekend of the Andouille Festival.
For many years, the Andouille Festival has been a St. John the Baptist Parish tradition. The festival features music, food, festivities and good times. Annually, thousands of people attend the weekend festival and participate in the many events the festival has to offer. For more information regarding the Andouille Festival, please visit www.andouillefestival.com.