The third annual Texas Cajun Heritage Festival in Orange on Saturday will have a lot of music and eating packed into one day. The festival has become so popular that the city will extend it to two days next year, and include a speckled trout fishing tournament to go along with it, said Darline Zavada, director of the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The free festival will be at the city’s Simmons Drive Boat Ramp and on this Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. People should bring lawn chairs because no seating will be available.

Beer will be sold at the event, but people will not be able to bring beer in from outside. Police officers will be at the gates to check coolers, Zavada said. The rule comes from the beer vendor’s requirements on the liquor license and insurance, she said.
No dogs, pets or bicycles will be allowed on the grounds.

More than 20 vendors will be selling a variety of Cajun foods including baskets of catfish or shrimp, or mixed seafood, shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice, crawfish sausage, a variety of boudain, andouille sausage and etoufee.

In addition, more than 40 booths will be selling arts and crafts.

But the main feature is the Cajun music. Two Orange groups, Jay Trahan and Cajun Jam, along with Jackie Caillier and Cajun Cousins, will be among the featured artists.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Ed Jardell and Louisiana Scramble from Lake Charles will be on the stage. Cajun Harmony from Jefferson County will play from noon to 2 p.m., and from 2 to 4 p.m., Trahan and Cajun Jam will perform. Sean Vidrine and Swampfyre from Lake Charles will play from 4 to 6 p.m. Caillier and Cajun Cousins will close the festival by playing from 6 to 8 p.m.

Rain is forecast during the week, but the National Weather Service is forecasting another cool front moving into the area to clear up the skies by Saturday, with temperatures in the mid 80s, perfect weather for an outdoor music festival. Hats and sunscreen are optional.

The Texas Cajun Heritage Festival is sponsored by the City of Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau.