On Saturday, November 9, 2013 while the LSU Tigers were preparing to battle Alabama in Tuscaloosa, a group of 12 of us headed to Henderson, LA near Lafayette for the Atchafalaya Basin festival. We were greeted at this small town festival by Gary Simon, the organizer, who share some of the festival’s history and purpose. From there, we sampled the best gumbo and fish courtboullion from the more than 10 groups who entered in the annual cook-off. We mingled with the locals for a car show and small silent auction before settling for a few hours of outstanding Cajun/Swamp Pop style music from Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns.
Watching the locals dance and sing opened our eyes to how strong this small community is. then we had the chance to speak with the Mayor of Henderson, Mr. Sherbin Coulette. He is a character and a story-teller (to say the least)! Mr. Collette talked politics, the flood of 2011 and spoke confidently about his faith in God. He is a fisherman by trade and still fishes every morning with his wife. He really is an outstanding force in keeping Henderson on the map and on the minds of other politicians in the state.
We departed Henderson with our stomachs full and eyes open to what life is like in the Basin. It was a beautiful day for a small town festival in Louisiana.