Lori’s Best of the Bayou Update-7/1/2012

Hello, readers!  Can anyone tell me what happened to June?!  It’s hard to believe it is already July, and that as of today, Best of the Bayou is only 89 days away! So much has happened; yet, there’s so much left to do!  I guess this is a good time to share with you all a mid-year review of our milestones to date. Let’s recap (briefly), shall we?

It was actually in the final months of 2011 that the concept of a new downtown festival came to life.  It was not long into the New Year that the festival’s name and dates were realized, and full-time planning began.

The onset of spring meant Best of the Bayou’s formal introduction to the world, so to speak.  We issued our first FOCUS Bulletin and news release(s), and launched our website. The month of May alone proved to be important as we debuted our “Friends of the Festival” program (and gained a few!).  On a side note, we’ve also gained nearly 200 friends on Facebook since our debut in May!  Inarguably, though, the biggest milestone then was the signing of our first three headliners for the festival.  And we’ve signed a dozen more bands, with more to come!

Another milestone to date is the completion of our contest for the inaugural festival poster.  We received a total of eleven entries (not bad for a first-time festival!), most of them paintings from local artists.  The contest was open to professional and amateur artists ages 16 and older from the bayou parishes.  The winning artist will be announced soon!

Like I said, so much has happened these past several months!  Moving on to important news at present, Best of the Bayou is now accepting applications for vendors interested in selling food at the festival.  Approximately twenty food booths will be lined along Church and Goode Streets, surrounding the Houma Courthouse Square.  Space will be reserved and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Louisiana Restaurant Association members are encouraged to apply.  Non-profit and civic organizations are also welcome to apply.  The festival will supply the food tents, along with signage, some electricity and other items.  Pricing and all details, along with the application for rent, are available for printing or download from our website at www.bestofthebayou.org.

Artists and craftsmen also interested in renting space at the festival can contact Brandi Lecompte of the Gulf Coast Marketplace, an official partner of Best of the Bayou.  Brandi can be reached by phone at 985-868-2620 or by email at brandi@thegulfcoastmarketplace.org.  Applications for rent will be finalized very soon.  Only original art and homemade crafts will be accepted for sale into the festival.

On a final note, Best of the Bayou needs YOU!  We need you to of course “save the date” and always help us “spread the word.” Perhaps more importantly, however, the festival needs a commitment from its community, not necessarily financially, but by way of volunteering.  All planning and preparation aside, BOB, or any festival for that matter, cannot function without assistance and leadership from volunteers, in almost all capacities.  If you would like to volunteer for Best of the Bayou, please contact us by email at info@bestofthebayou.org or call the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce office at 985-876-5600.

Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BestoftheBayou for all the latest festival news or follow us on Twitter @BestoftheBayou.  May everyone have a safe and happy Fourth of July!  We truly live in the best country in the world!




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