Festive Fun For All At The Iowa Rabbit Festival

    The Annual Iowa Rabbit Festival in Early March celebrates the contribution these cute and cuddly critters make to the state. The festival, held at Lawrence Toups Jr. Memorial Park, has a staggering estimated attendance of 15,000. The Rabbit Festival is going back in time as they celebrate "Peace, Love, and Rabbits!" Hopping back to the 1960s, this year's festival is sure to be a groovy time.

    Before the festival begins, Miss Bunny will be crowned. There will also be a tiny tot pageant for all those little bunnies out there on March 1. Miss Bunny will compete against other queens from all over the state in the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals for the title of "Queen of Queens."

    The festival begins on Friday evening with a carnival, children's petting zoo, craft booths, and live music. Saturday begins with the Rabbit Festival Cook-off at 7 a.m. and judging at noon. The annual parade will also be on Saturday at 10 a.m., complete with antique cars, floats, the famous Iowa High School Marching Band, and much more! Great live Cajun music will be on from noon until midnight, including Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Krossfyre, Hip Boot Joe, Travis Matte and the Zydeco Kingpens, to name a few. Sunday promises more of great carnival rides and festival-going fun.

    Festival hours are Friday 5 p.m. - midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. - midnight, and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Children 6 - 12, and free for children 6 and under. Proceeds from the festival are donated back to local youth organizations, schools, and other not for profit groups.

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There:

    For event information, contact Johnny Guillory at (337) 582-3044, Jennifer Kershaw at (337) 433-8475 or send an e-mail to iowarabbitfestival@yahoo.com.