Natchitoches Events/Attractions

March of Dimes of North Louisiana will hold the 2015 March for Babies Saturday, May 9 at the Natchitoches Central Ball Field. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. To register a team visit This event is family friendly and refreshments will be served. There will be games activities and entertainment for kids of all ages.

 4-H youth resident summer camp registration is open. The camp is June 1-5 at the LSU AgCenters Grant Walker 4-H educational center, an 80 acre campsite located near Pollock, on Hwy. 8 about 15 miles northeast of Alexandria. 4-H camp strives to develop a variety of life skills. Space is limited and registration packets are due April 1. For information contact Gwen Fontenot at 357-2224.

The Krewe of Excellence will host an “All White Affair” summer soiree Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. at the Ben Johnson Auditorium. The event is casual-dressy and guests will wear all white clothing. DJ Roy Wood will provide music. The evening will be considered a “bring your own spirits” event. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For information call 318-332-7455.

Cane River Creole National Historical Park will host Cane River Music Festival May 9. Headliners include Goldman Thibodaux and the Lawtell Playboys and Cedric Watson and the Mad Minstrels.

The City of Natchitoches will host Summer Splash Thursday, May 7 from 4-6 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center on Second Street. Summer Splash is an annual informational fair that highlights summer activities throughout the city and parish for children of all ages. The event is free and open to the public.For information or to reserve a booth, please contact the City of Natchitoches Main Street Office at 352-2746 or email Samantha Bonnette at

The search for Miss Louisiana continues: Applications are now being accepted for the titles of Miss Teen Louisiana and Miss Louisiana International 2015. The Miss Teen and Miss International Pageant will be held July 27- Aug. 2 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville. The women selected as Miss Teen Louisiana and Miss Louisiana International 2015 will serve as ambassadors for Louisiana and will receive an official crown and sash. Teen and Miss Contestants compete in interview, fitness wear, evening gown, and “fun fashion” to show off their own style in an age-appropriate outfit of their choice. There is no talent or swimsuit competition, and previous pageant experience is not required. Winners of the Miss Teen International and Miss International will receive a three-year modeling contract along with cash and prizes. “Miss” applicants must be unmarried and between the ages of 19-30. “Teen” applicants must be unmarried and between the ages of 13-18 as of July 1, 2015. For information on applying contact Mary Richardson National Executive Director at (540) 989-5992 or email For information on the pageants visit,, or






















Oliphant Golf Tournament to be held May 9: 
The seventh annual James L. Oliphant Memorial Golf Scramble will be held at the Northwestern State University Recreation Complex and Demon Hills Golf Course on Saturday, May 9. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NSU Athletic Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. The shotgun start will begin at 8 a.m. and will include a 4-person scramble, followed by an awards reception and luncheon. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams. Featured events will include longest drive and closest to the hole contests. Registration is $70 for individuals and $250 per four-man team. Participants can register at the golf course or request registration information via email from event organizer Nicole Gray at or by calling Odell Oliphant at 228-4431. Sponsorships are available and donations appreciated. Checks should be made payable to the James L. Oliphant Memorial Scholarship and can be mailed to 1241 Highway 504, Natchitoches, LA 71457. The James L. Oliphant Endowed NSU Football Scholarship was established on Oct. 25, 2008, in memory of the beloved high school teacher and coach, who passed away on Oct. 19, 1988, at the age of 33 from complications of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. "Jimmy" was a student scholar and all-star athlete at Natchitoches Central High School, as well as a model student and leader while attending Northwestern State University, where he sought to serve humanity both socially and intellectually. He was a charter member of the Theta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. After receiving a B.S. degree in physical education from Northwestern in 1977, he taught in the Natchitoches Parish school system until his retirement in 1987. For information, call Hall Adams at 357-6300 at the Northwestern Hill Golf Course or Nicole Gray at (972) 897-5357.

Don’t miss the Cane River Green Market:  Natchitoches’ local farmer’s market will take place every Saturday until July 25 from 8 a.m. - noon on the downtown riverbank in the Natchitoches Historic District. Customers can choose from a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from vendors. Customers will be able to enjoy a selection of value-added products including farm fresh eggs, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, honey, fresh cut flowers and more. Craft vendors of hand-crafted items such as jewelry, woodwork, and stained glass will be on site. The Cane River Green Market will feature children’s activities including a brand new Cane River Green Market Kids Club. Children ages 12 and under can sign up for the Kids Club and receive a market passport and $10 in tokens to spend with Green Market vendors while supplies last. The Cane River Green Market will feature musical entertainment, demonstrations and free fitness classes. The Cane River Green Market accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and credit/debit cards. WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers issued over the summer can be redeemed at participating vendors. SNAP benefits may be used to purchase eligible food items such as bread products, produce, eggs, dairy products, seeds, and edible or food producing plants. Through a MarketMatch program, the market will match up to $20 in SNAP purchases per market while supplies last. The MarketMatch program meets SNAP shoppers who want to eat healthy and support local farmers half way. Customers wishing to use SNAP benefits, credit and/or debit cards can swipe their cards at the Cane River Green Market hospitality tent during market hours. Shoppers will be issued tokens for the amount of their purchase to use at any Cane River Green Market vendor booth. For more information on the Cane River Green Market, MarketMatch program, or how to become a vendor, call 352-2746 or visit






































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