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Meat Pie Festival Means Big Business

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NATCHITOCHES, La. -- The Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival just opened up on Front Street.

It marks the start of the Fall festival season in the city.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford takes a bite of an economic and family fun event.

There's no place like Natchitoches for local business owner, David Clary.

"Love the culture of Natchitoches, love the history of Natchitoches," said Clary, who owners the shop called Louisiana Purchase. "Love how they preserve the historic areas and the downtown is beautiful. The riverfront is beautiful."

Clary has owned the Louisiana Purchase gift shop and candy store on downtown Front Street for about a year now. And while he says business looks pretty good year round, he really sees a boost during festival season.

"Meat Pie, Car Show is coming up," said Clary. "Christmas season is right here upon us. So, the next three to four months will be huge in Natchitoches."

The first of the Fall festivals celebrates the famous Natchitoches meat pie. It begins Friday night and runs through the weekend.

"It is kind of the kickoff," said Jimmy Harper, president of the Meat Pie Festival. "We're getting ready to get out of the heat of the summer, so people can get out and enjoy being outside. It's a good festival with good music and good food."

Aside from bringing in tourists and boosting business for the locals, a portion of the proceeds earned at the festival will be donated to the local Boys & Girls Club.

"Without the community support, we could not be open," said Eliza Behrendsen with the Boys and Girls Club. "We serve over 100 children per week. Not only do we serve them by helping them graduate from high school, we also allow those children to have their supper through a grant for the kids cafe program from the food bank."

It's a celebration for a savory treat that pays off for the entire community of Natchitoches.

The Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival continues Saturday. There is no admission.

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