By Vernon Parish Tourism Commission
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Funnel cakes are festival food
Enjoy traditional festival food like funnel cakes at Mayfest.

This annual celebration on the first full weekend of May occurs in the Leesville Historic District.  Food, fun, arts and crafts, and great entertainment combine to create the annual Mayfest.  Come enjoy funnel cakes, bratwurst dinners, barbeque and the annual Lion's Club benefit pancake breakfast.

Artisans from all over Louisiana and Texas display and demonstrate their talents.  Glass artisans, woodworkers, mixed-media artists, candle-makers, potters, face painters and many others come to show their works and offer their wares. Children participate in a variety of hands-on art projects.

The Verbeau African Violet club shows and sells beautiful violets – a once-a-year opportunity to buy a beautiful and unusual violet (perfect for Mother’s Day).  And classic car enthusiasts show restored classic automobiles.

Entertainment each year has included concerts by such national and internationally known music artists as Jo-El Sonnier, Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Tab Benoit, Gregg Wright, Irma Thomas, and Charlie Louvin.  Regional and local entertainers have included Trout Fishing in America, Gypsy La Rose, Laurel and the Edge, the Michael Foster Project, and others. Each year the entertainment is different, so come hear great music and kick up the sound in downtown Leesville.

For more information, contact the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission at 337-238-0783. 

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