Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival returns for 23rd year

PATTERSON, La. — The 23rd annual Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson.

Gate fees are $5 for Friday, $10 each day Saturday and Sunday, or $20 for a weekend pass.

The following are activities scheduled at the festival.


1 p.m. 7th Annual Cypress Sawmill Golf Tournament — 30 teams of three players held at South Louisiana’s newest Audubon Trail Golf Course Atchafalaya at Idlewild. Awards will be given at 5 p.m.

3 p.m. Arts and Crafts — Hand-crafters from throughout the South showcase their wares under the tents. For more information, contact Jan Sellers 985-384-4033.

5 p.m. Street Fair — Thrilling rides and games for kids of all ages. Mitchell Bros. Amusement.

5 p.m. Food and Drink Booths — Selling Cajun and American favorites.

5 p.m. Old Engine Display — The Bayou Old Time Engine and Power Association will display antique engines and machinery. Gasoline engines, boats, tractors, pumps, saws and more.

5 p.m. Souvenir Booth — Support the Sawmill Festival by purchasing the many souvenirs available. T-shirts, caps, koozies, and more. Limited edition Wooden Cypress Koozies.

6 to 8:30 p.m. Country Showdown — KQKI FM, Bayou Vista, has teamed up with the festival to present the world’s largest country music talent contest and radio promotion. The contest spotlights some of the best and brightest talent this area has to offer. Contestants will vie for prizes, with first place winner going on to compete for the state title later this year. The state winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and then advances to the regional finals this fall.

9:30 to 11:30 p.m. Flash Back — Flash Back was founded 14 years ago by lead singer Tracy Collins. Original band member Mark Stokes is the rhythm guitar player; bass player/vocal is Ulysses Dumesnil; lead guitar, keys/vocal is Robert Dumesnil; and drummer is Shane Wallace. They play an assortment of music including country, old rock and roll, swamp pop and funk. Come on out and jam with Flash Back.


8 a.m. ASA B/C and D/E Sawmill Festival Softball Tournament/Hooter’s National Championship Series — The tournament will be played on three lighted fields with access to restrooms and concession stand. The fairgrounds concession stands will have plenty of food. Games will be played in two brackets. B/C and D/E separate. Contact Dr. Ted W. Weller, 985-446-2403 office, 985-413-9631 cell,

9 a.m. Fun Walk — Get a healthy start with the Cypress Sawmill Fun Walk through Kemper Williams Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. T-shirts and door prizes awarded.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cypress Sawmill Display — View the display of cypress sawmill artifacts, located in the new Louisiana State Museum located in the front of the park (free of charge). See antique cypress wheels, passe partouts, and a 1927 film highlighting the industry.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All American Professional Lumber Jack Show.

10 a.m. Arts and Crafts.

10 a.m. Food and Drink Booths.

Noon Street Fair.

Noon to 2:30 p.m. Gene Romero’s Boogie N’ Brass — The band was established a little over two years ago with a group of musicians who have many years of experience in the music business. Three members have been inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame. The band consists of two trumpets, trombone, baritone saxophone and tenor saxophone and a great rhythm section of a drummer, bass, keyboard and guitar. The three vocalists in the group perform songs from Mathilda to Jolie Blonde. Their main course of music is swamp pop and they also do zydeco, traditional French and country. They are well-known for their boogie and brass sound.

3 p.m. Bass Tournament Weigh-In.

3 to 6 p.m. Gregg Martinez & The Delta Kings — They perform a blend of blues, R&B and swamp pop music. Martinez was born, raised and still lives in south Louisiana where he began singing at the age of eight. His powerhouse voice, which has been compared to Sam Cooke and Luther Vandross, took him from the bars and nightclubs of the Bayou Country to some of the finest resorts, casinos and clubs throughout the nation. His talent is the stuff of legend and even after more than 30 years, Gregg has shared the stage with many notable artists including Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Patti LaBelle, and Bobby “Blue” Bland, to name a few. Gregg and his band, the Delta Kings, will be on the Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival stage.

6:30 to 9 p.m. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band — They have been rockin’ the party scene worldwide with their style for the last 20 years. Chubby, a third generation zydeco musician, formed his band in January 1989. Getting inspiration from musical greats such as Clifton Chenier, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland and Ray Charles, and adding a dose of ‘70s funk, his music became a blend of what he now refers to as “high energy, swamp funky zydeco.”

9 to 9:45 p.m. Fireworks Show & Salute — Fireworks program honoring past and present law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, emergency personnel and armed forces.

9:30 to 11:30 p.m. South 70 Band — Welcome to South 70 Band, a seven-piece band who were all born and bred in south Louisiana. South 70 Band plays a mixture of zydeco, swamp pop, Cajun, country and more. The members are Pierre Part. There’s one street that runs north and south through town, La. 70.


8 a.m. 21st annual Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival Car Show — Awards given to top 50 cars, also includes People’s Choice Award and NAPA Sponsor Award. $25 fee for judged cars. Free T-shirt to the first 50 cars. Registration 8 a.m. Stop at the registration table before parking. Judging begins at 1 p.m. with awards at 3 p.m. Music, door prizes and 50/50 drawing. Hamburgers and drinks will be sold. Contact Bill Picou Sr. at 985-519-3400 or 985-395-4820.

8 a.m. ASA B/C and D/E Sawmill Festival Softball Tournament/Hooter’s National Championship Series.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cypress Sawmill Display.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All American Professional Lumber Jack Show.

10 a.m. Arts and Crafts.

10 a.m. Food and Drink Booths.

10 a.m. Souvenir Booth.

10 a.m. Old Engine Display.

11:30 a.m. Festival Royalty Announced — Announcement of Cypress Sawmill 2013 Pageant winners.

Noon Street Fair.

2 p.m. Queen’s Passe Partout — Visiting queens square off in a passe partout contest (two-person saw contest), located in front of the Souvenir Booth.

Noon to 2 p.m. 90 Degrees West, a 7-piece, high energy, modern country band, is based out of New Orleans. The band covers such artists as Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and many more. 90 Degrees West also has a library of original music. They have had the pleasure of playing some great venues including the Bayou Country Music Fest.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Members Only Band — Their first CD was called “Keeping It Simple.” Keeping it simple was the first priority when seven guys from four different parishes decided to form a musical group. The passion for camping and making music is what drives the group to meet once a month from March to September to entertain campers at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground in Robert for a south Louisiana tradition of a Saturday night fais-do-do. Growing up in different parts of the state provides a gumbo of talent that reflects the diversity of its members.

5 to 7 p.m. Cypress Band featuring Warren Storm and Willie Tee — The band originated in 1980. Warren Storm and Willie Tee met in the 80s and put together the Cypress Band and played clubs for years until the oil boom fizzled and the clubs closed. Although the band broke up in 1984, Warren and Willie Tee continued working together as guests with other bands. In 2004, the two joined forces again and reformed the band Cypress, and we are blessed with their work. The bands current members consist of Tommy Richard, Karl Bordelon, Carl Dugas and Scott Broussard.

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