Get your cackle on for the Louisiana Chicken Festival in Dubach.
The Ruston Daily Leader reports the festival is the last Friday and Saturday in September, starting with a talent contest the evening of Friday, Sept. 28. The top 12 entries will compete Saturday evening.
Other events Saturday include a strut, cackle and crow contest, a chicken cooking contest and a drumstick-eating contest.
There's also a dog show, quilt raffle, cakewalk and a stick horse rodeo.
Organizers of an Ascension Parish balloon festival have moved the event date a second time in two weeks, citing conflicts with local events and a major hot air ballooning competition in Albuquerque, N.M.
Organizers tell The Advocate the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center near Gonzales is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21-22.
The Louisiana Ballooning Foundation has canceled the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship and Festival that had been scheduled for the first weekend in August in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Advocate reports ( http://bit.ly/NCr4B2) officials in neighboring Ascension Parish say they will hold a festival and balloon race in October, though it won't be affiliated with the Louisiana Ballooning Foundation.
Linda Wunstel, president of the foundation's board, said the East Baton Rouge event was canceled because of funding problems.
Women from around the nation are gathering in New Orleans for the 2nd Annual FestiGals Weekend. It's an empowering getaway weekend festival created for women by women. Among the highlights this year are celebrity designed bras to fight cancer.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has been added to the main stage lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival.
Organizers say Hart, hot on the heels of his starring role in this week's No. 1 film, "Think Like a Man," will debut his comedic talents during the festival scheduled for July 6-8 at the Superdome. Hart joins a lineup that includes Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Fantasia, and Eve.
The festival drew more than 422,000 attendees last year.
It is billed as the largest free music festival in the South. Over a half-million people are expected in and around the Vieux Carré as the French Quarter Festival kicks-off four days of music, food and fun.