There will be strains of Cajun music in the air Saturday, each time the doors of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2275 are opened. The VFW is the site of the Fall Cajun Food and Dance Festival, hosted by Gulf Coast Cajun Chapter of the Cajun French Music association.

The Gulf Coast Cajuns were moved to Orange County in September, 2008, from Chambers County in Winnie and are not to be confused with the Golden Triangle Cajuns in Jefferson County.
“This is the first event,” said chapter President Rusty Benoit, also stating it will take place yearly.

A $7 cover charge gets you in the door and includes a meal of chicken and sausage gumbo with potato salad or a hamburger and chips.

The doors open at 10 a.m. to the sounds of Jackie Caillier/Ivy Dugas and the Cajun Cousins. 

At 11:30 p.m., they will crown the “King Cajun Heritage I.” His identity is being kept a secret until the crowning, even from the king himself. “He has supported the Cajun culture over 40 years,” said Benoit.

“He is a very deserving person,” said chapter member Shirlene Broussard.

A live auction is scheduled for 12:30, while Ed Gary and the Louisiana Aces take the stage 1-3:30 p.m.

A drawing for a 50/50 pot is at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Lesa Cormier and the Sundown Playboys will complete the festival, performing 4-6 p.m.

A cake walk, sweet shop and crafts will also be available, along with raffles and a silent auction.

Bring your own bottle. The VFW Hall is at 5303 16th St. in Orange.

Applications will be accepted Saturday for the Gulf Coast Chapter Queen, who will be chosen by an interview process. She will also compete next year for National Queen.

The chapter is also looking for members, dues are only $20 a year, said Broussard. Meetings are on second Fridays at West Orange City Hall. Food is at 7 p.m., meeting at 7:30 and live music or DJ is at 8.

You can also mail dues to: Gulf Coast Cajuns, P.O. Box 74, Bridge City, 77611.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.