Summer, fall events returning to pre-Covid enthusiasm


Juanice Gray
There was no quorum for the July 21 Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission (NHDDC) meeting so those attending took the opportunity to discuss their events.
The NHDDC is working on their budget that will be voted on at the next meeting. Rebecca Blankenbaker mentioned some items, such as Wings Over Natchitoches, the dragonboat races, wifi project, the BBQ Fest and others were not outlined in the budget. “It didn’t make sense to continue to line item them since they’re no longer active,” she said. A new category has been added, Conferences and Events, for new or replacement activities.

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Some examples of new events that have begun in the last couple years that each get line item funding are Juneteenth, TappedTober and the film fest.
Under special projects, the Roque House tree stabilization project will get funding. The renovations are creating stress to the ancient trees.
Blankenbaker said the Depot renovation project is moving along, but with a new completion date early in the new year.
Amy Lee said the Geaux Natchitoches app had 1,346 new users and 6,298 downloads. The new user numbers directly correlate to new NSU students visiting the area.
Gayle Howell with the Association for Preservation of Historic Natchitoches said the Melrose Fall Fest will be Oct. 15-16 and 30 vendors have already registered. Howell said that is very promising this early in the season.
Main Street Director Jill Leo said the farmer’s market ended last Saturday, but will kick off again in October. She said there averaged 40 vendors per weekend for the Spring/Summer market.
Chamber Director Laura Lyles said the deadline for the Chamber Directory is Sept. 9 for all content. She mentioned upcoming luncheons featuring the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), an independent voice offering solutions to crucial issues in Louisiana, will speak Aug. 17 and Leadership Natchitoches graduates will be guests for the Sept. 14 luncheon.
Lyles said the La. Young Professionals Conference had 90 registered and a solid regional turnout.
Upcoming events include the Zydeco Fest Sept. 3, Meat Pie Fests Sept. 16-17, Car show Sept. 30-Oct. 1, TappedTober and the Fall Fest Oct. 15, Pumpkin Glow Oct. 29, Witch Way to Main Street, Holiday Turn on the Lights Nov. 19, Light the Way 5k Nov. 20, Christmas Festival Dec. 3 and the Thrive Gala Dec. 8.