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Looking for top-notch, inexpensive family entertainment, great food, a beautiful outdoor experience and some of the best music in the world? Two words: Louisiana festivals.
More than 400 Louisiana festivals occur each year – which makes it easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival Capital of America. We celebrate just about every crop harvested, every indigenous dish, every type of music that's played here – ranging from Cajun and zydeco to Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, Louisiana's own swamp pop, country, salsa and more. Excellent Louisiana food is a given at any festival. And as always, Louisiana festivals offer abundant opportunities for meeting new friends.
Themed festivals range from a Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula and Tomato Festival in Chalmette to the great Festival International in Lafayette; from the big Contraband Days Pirate Festival in Lake Charles to the Holiday Festival of Lights in Natchitoches. From the Red River Revel in Shreveport to the Catfish Festival in Washington. Of course, you'll want to visit the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or the big family-fun French Quarter Festival.
And for the biggest of them all? That's right, Louisiana is home to Mardi Gras! But that's another story – and a very large one across the state!
Springhill's piney woods heritage is not confined to the rolling hills surrounding this northernmost Louisiana city. Pines were the basis for the lumber industry that built Springhill, and that long history is honored each October with the Springhill Lumberjack Festival and its timber-themed competition such as sawing and log-splitting contests. A stroll through the nature trails in Frank Anthony Park leads to a manmade lake and the original steam engine that powered the Pine Woods Lumber Company in the 1890s. Visitors often stop at Springhill City Park for a picnic lunch in the classic Southern-style gazebo after touring the city's antique shops and boutiques in its well-preserved historic downtown, which is part of the state's Main Street Program. The city is also home to the Springhill Rodeo Arena, one of the largest outdoor arenas in Louisiana, where cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation gather each summer for professional-level competition.