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Getting ready for the Cook-Off/BBQ

The 9th Annual Cassidy Park Cook-Off/BBQ will be held in the old stage area of the park on Saturday, March 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Amateur chefs will compete as four-member teams for first, second and third-place awards in each of four categories: Fowl, Seafood, Beef, Pork and Wild Game. Any participating professional chefs will not be part of the competition.

The team registration fee is $35 and registration closes on March 16.

Hosted by Senator Ben Nevers, the event is a first-class competition that offers outdoor family-friendly entertainment, including live music, in the beautiful wooded park, as well as the opportunity to taste a wide variety of delectable food. Importantly, it’s also a fundraiser for the Museums of Cassidy Park, which are open to the public free of charge.

The Pioneer and Native American museums and gift shops will extend their hours from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the day.

For a $15 entry fee, with children 12 and under allowed in free, visitors will get to sample the variety of succulent dishes, which in the past have included deer meat and even grilled snake!

They’ll also be able to enjoy the music of The Dynamic Duo of Keenan Knight and Cristen Schroeder with special guests, to see Jeff Harrison demonstrate flint knapping and Native American weaponry, and to take part in a variety of children’s and adult activities.

The Cook-Off runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the food served at approximately 4 p.m. We invite everyone to bring a lawn chair and join us for a fun day outdoors eating scrumptious food, enjoying good music, taking part in wholesome activities and relaxing under the trees along the winding Bogue Lusa Creek.

Only 400 tickets will be sold, beginning with pre-sales from Wild Blu and McMillan’s Nursery in Bogalusa. Gate sales will take place only if there are tickets still available after the pre-sales.

Anybody from out of town who wants to ensure admittance should call the Museums office at 985-735-9188. Leave a message if necessary, and your call will be returned promptly.

For those with a competitive spirit, four-member Cooking Teams can sign up to take part until March 16 for a $35 registration fee. Call Jennifer McDow at 985-750-5270 for additional information or to get a registration form.

Various levels of sponsorships, which are acknowledged with signage at the event, are also available. For more information on that, call Johni Miles-Blount at 985-516-2756 or the Museums of Cassidy Park at 985-735-9188.

The park, which also has a playground and a splash pad, is located at 625 Willis Avenue.

For a list of sponsors and cook teams, click on Events.


And For The Kids!

Both museums have an activity area where children can learn to crochet, weave, make a pot holder, go on a scavenger hunt, sit in a rocking chair to read a book, color a Native American design, or take a peek in the Palmetto hut. Each Saturday the docents in the Native American Museum help the children with a project. They make either a necklace, bracelet, or a clay pot that they take home with them.

Check out our education page for special opportunities for Young Historians!

Pottery Classes

The Cassidy Park Museums are currently accepting students for the beginner’s Pottery Class that will begin in April, and class size is limited. Adult classes will be held on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting on April 14. Children’s classes will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting on April 18.

Tuition is free for Museums members and $10 for non-members. The supply fee depends on the amount of clay used by each individual.

Call instructor Ruth Rolling at 985-974-0630 for additional information or to register.


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