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 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
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
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.