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70 teams registered to participate in the Stone Energy Gumbo Cook-off
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Stone Energy Gumbo Cook-Off Results

With the storms that came through early this morning came nice, cool weather to follow, perfect for Stone Energy's Inaugural United Way Gumbo Cook-Off at Cajun Field.

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Inaugural Bayou Vermilion Boat Parade

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Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade

LAFAYETTE, LA – The community is invited to let the good times flow on Sunday, October 21 for Bayou Vermilion District’s Bayou Vermilion Festival & inaugural Boat Parade. The Bayou Vermilion Festival is a celebration of and on the Vermilion River and aims to increase awareness of the river as a viable source of recreation for Lafayette Parish.

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Todd Mouton in his 1984 CJ7 (Submitted)
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Cajun Jeepers’ Monthly Meeting Tonight

The Cajun Jeepers, a local, non-profit Jeep club, is holding their monthly meeting tonight at Maya's Mexican Grill (2633 S.E. Evangeline Thruway) at 6:30 pm.

Cajun Jeepers Crue', based in Lafayette, was formed by people with similiar interests, including enthusiasm for outdoor/off-road activities and "giving back",  in efforts to support the missions of local charities.

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Cooyon Duhon Sings ‘I Was Cajun When Cajun Wasn’t Cool’ [VIDEO]

Cooyon Duhon has a new video, 'I Was Cajun When Cajun Wasn't Cool.'  It's a take off of the Barbara Mandrell hit, 'I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool' which featured George Jones.

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The New Cooyon Duhon [VIDEO]

Here is the new Cooyon Duhon video 'Sticks And Stones'.

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Petanque – Funny Name, Fun Game

Petanque (Pa-tonk) is a funny French name for a fun game. And you can play it here in Lafayette! I'd never heard of it until Mike Leblanc educated me about it. Petanque is a bowling game traditionally played in town parks and squares in France on hard packed surfaces. The games is played by rolling metal balls on the ground, seeking to displace other player’s balls (boules in French).

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Gator by the Bay Festival in San Diego Promotes Louisiana and Zydeco

While we were recovering from Festival International and Jazz Fest here at home, folks in California were celebrating our culture on Harbor Island in San Diego Bay. The Louisiana Office of Tourism sponsored 'Gator by the Bay' which featured music and food from the Bayou State and Lafayette - they even gave away a trip to Louisiana! Bands included and Grammy Award winning Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, KeithFrank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.

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Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival This Weekend

Friday through Sunday, it will be wall-to-wall music, fun and crawfish!  The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival gets underway on Friday May 4.  Gates open at 4pm, opening ceremonies at 4:30, with the Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest to follow.

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Official Festival International 2012 Poster (Facebook)
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Artists Help Make Festival International Successful [Gallery]

For the first time in a few years, my job didn't interfere with Festival International (I usually have emceeing gigs or remote broadcasts that prevent me from enjoying the festival).  Shannon and I couldn't make it there Wednesday night, but we were there Thursday through Sunday!

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Joshua Ledet Comes Home to Louisiana and the Cajundome with American Idol Tour

Get ready to welcome our Louisiana Idol, Joshua Ledet, when he joins Colton Dixon, DeAndre Brackensick, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt, Heejun Han, Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez,  Phillip Phillips and Skylar Laine on the American Idol LIVE 2012 tour! The Top 10 will play the Cajundome on Jul

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Images Of Lafayette Used For National Stories [Gallery]

When we are searching for stories to post on our website, we try to find pictures to use that relate to our stories.  According to copyright laws, we can't just 'pull' any picture from online, we have to have permission to use the pictures that we post.

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Shannon Finds Pearl, JayCee Immediately Drops Pearl

So, here's the story:  Shannon and I went to eat at a local crawfish eatery place over the weekend with her sister and nephew (they were in town because the nephew was in a ball tourney in Breaux Bridge).

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