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Lighthouse Festival organizers join hands to pray Thursday in front of Berwick’s Southwest Reef Lighthouse. The festival begins Friday and will continue through Sunday when the 135-mile Tour du Teche kayak and canoe race is scheduled to finish in Berwick. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

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Officials cut the ribbon Thursday for Berwick’s fourth annual Lighthouse Festival. Music and carnival rides begin Friday on the riverfront. Festival events will continue Saturday and Sunday. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Festival, Tour du Teche to go on as scheduled

As of Friday morning, all events were scheduled to go on as planned for the Lighthouse Festival this weekend on Berwick’s riverfront, Festival Organizer Misty Pillaro said.

The festival is held in conjunction with the 135-mile Tour du Teche kayak and canoe race from Port Barre to Berwick.

Race Director Ray Pellerin said officials still plan to hold the race finish Sunday in Berwick. Pellerin said he was going to talk with officials Friday night to determine if any changes will be made to the race schedule due to the weather.

Racers took off Friday morning in Port Barre to begin the three-day, staged race. The first day of the race will end in St. Martinville. The second day will end in Franklin.

Music begins Friday at the Lighthouse Festival as Whiskey Bayou will play 6:30-9:30 p.m. by the Southwest Reef Lighthouse. Carnival rides also begin Friday evening and continue through Sunday.

Festival events will take place 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Food and drink vendors will be on hand along with arts and crafts vendors.

A program celebrating the history of trapping and seafood industry of Berwick begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the wooden stage area under the U.S. 90 bridge.

Saturday’s music lineup includes Old Soul 12:30-2:30 p.m., Jus Cuz 3-5 p.m., the regional Country Showdown 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Deja Vu 8-10 p.m.

LA Rhythm will play 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Cypress Corvette Club will hold a car show from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday under the U.S. 90 bridge.

An awards ceremony for the Tour du Teche is slated for 4 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a petting zoo set up from noon-4 p.m. Sunday in the grassy area between Utah and Pacific streets.


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