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Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival

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 MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- The 4th of July fun kicked off Friday morning in Marksville at the 3rd annual Avoyelles Arts and Music Festival. 

The festival began with a salute to our soldiers. Downtown was packed all day long with people looking to celebrate our freedom.

Festival Co-chair Van Roy said, "We’re expecting about 10,000 today. We doubled our attendance last year, we’re hoping to do the same this year."

"It’s just a lot of fun, it gets you out for a little while, enjoy the 4th of July and get the night rolling!", said festival goer Cathy Parque. 

Not only were their two stages of live country and zydeco music, there was also a BBQ cook off with $4,000 in cash prizes and not to mention, tons of arts and crafts.

"We have the parade which is Louisiana's oldest longest running July 4th parade," said Roy. 

Festival goer Charles Lambert said, "This is an awesome festival, 3rd year and look at all the people over here, and the rides for all the kids."

Parque added, "The arts and crafts, I gotta tell ya, it’s really awesome! And the foods really good!"

As much fun as everyone had with the live music and food, the festival also proved to be great for local vendors. 

Online shop owner Annie Claire Bass said, "I work out of my home, so this kind of gets the word out for my business Annie Claire Designs. After this I always have a few emails or calls after."

And Gorgeous George's Italian Ice owner Lorri Alles said, "Later on we also support the rest of the vendors and the event itself, it’s important."

This year the festival was free to the public. The annual parade made it's way through Marksville and fireworks followed. 

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