They may be cute, they may be cuddly, but rabbits are also big business, and have made an impact on the Louisiana economy. The 30th annual Iowa Rabbit Festival, recently honored as a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event for the month of March, celebrates the contribution these furry critters make to the state. The two-day festival, held at the Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, will take place on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 18 – 19.
Before the festival begins, Miss Bunny will be crowned on March 5. The winner of the Miss Bunny Pageant will go on to represent the festival at other state-wide festivals and competitions.
The family-friendly festival begins on Friday evening, Mar. 18 with a carnival, craft booths, food booths and live Cajun music from 6 p.m. to midnight with doors opening at 5 p.m. Friday’s star studded line up will feature Jamie Bergeron, Keith Frank and Wayne Toups.
Saturday, Mar. 19 begins with the Rabbit Festival Cook-off registration at 6:30 a.m. with judging at 11:30 a.m. Attendees will be able to sample Cajun dishes like rabbit gumbo, rabbit boudin, rabbit sauce picante, rabbit enchiladas, rabbit pistolettes, rabbit quesadillas, fried rabbit, barbecued rabbit and more! Festival gates open Saturday from 8 a.m.-midnight. On Saturday, live music begins at 2 p.m. featuring Richard Lebouef followed by Geno Delafose, Krossfyre, Bag of Donuts and Frank Foster ending at midnight.
Admission is $10, and proceeds from the festival are donated to the Iowa, La. community. So, whether you’re looking to be crowned the new Miss Bunny or the Rabbit Festival Cook-off champion, don’t miss this hare-raising good time.
For more information, visit iowarabbitfestival.org. For vendor information, contact Julie Vincent, (337) 802-0210. For general information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit www.visitlakecharles.org.