Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, golf trail named South’s best in annual AAA poll

MORGAN CITY, La. -- The Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and the Audubon Golf Trail were honored in the annual AAA Best of the South poll.

The festival was named best seafood festival. The Audubon Golf Trail, of which Patterson’s Atchafalaya at Idlewild is part, was named the best in the South.

Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau Executive Director Carrie Stansbury said she was “thrilled” with the designations.

“The publication will promote it, and it is an honor to be selected. We think the Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is one of the best festivals in the state and in the U.S., and we’re glad people have recognized it. The golf course is another jewel for St. Mary Parish,” Stansbury said.

AAA Southern Traveler readers responded by voting for their favorite places to visit, eat and play. The results are published in the July/August issue.

Nominees were named and the top three in each of 20 categories were listed in the May/June issue for voting by readers.

Shrimp and Petroleum Festival Executive Director Lee Delaune said his organization is thankful to the voters.

“I think they made a wise choice. We’re excited. It’s another feather in our caps, so to speak,” Delaune said.

Likewise, Rudy Sparks, chairman Atchafalaya Golf Course Commission, was pleased with the recognition.

“Being a member of the Audubon Trail, we are extremely delighted with the trail being recognized as AAA Best of the South, and the Atchafalaya at Idlewild is a part of that. We’ve been members of trail since our inception, and we designed the golf course so we could be part of it. We’ve worked hard to maintain a top quality facility since then,” Sparks said.

AAA Southern Traveler is mailed bi-monthly to 280,000 AAA member households in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The magazine started its Best of the South poll in 2010.

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