Atchafalaya River Festival


Unfortunately, the Atchafalaya River Festival has been postponed. The date for the festival fell within Governor Edwards’ moratorium on crowds greater than 250 people. RISE feels it would be irresponsible to hold a festival until the situation with the Caronovirus has been controlled. Make no mistake, THERE WILL BE A FESTIVAL. We are currently working with the scheduled entertainment and vendors for a new date. As soon as this decision is made, we will announce it here and all vendors will be notified. RISE hopes everyone stays safe and healthy during this crisis. We are confident that the resilience of Simmesport and it’s people will shine through and we will all successfully weather this storm. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

(l to r) RISE President Marsha Strong, Secretary Carol Dupar-Lindsey, Mayor Leslie Draper III, Treasurer Tisha Moreau (not pictured: Board Members Roosevelt Cooper, Shari Kirk, Patra Coco, Town of Simmesport liaisons Rene Whitmore and Presley Bordelon)

On Friday, February 7, the official banner for the Atchafalaya River Festival was raised at Yellow Bayou Park!

If you wish to be a vendor at the festival you can download a copy of the vendor application from the link below. We are looking for vendors of all kind, from food to arts & crafts to kid’s games. All you pay as a vendor is the application fee and everything you make is yours to keep. This is a perfect scenario for organizations wishing to fund raise. All applications are due in by March 6, 2020.

Click on the Goofish to see a copy of the Booth Application.

Approved Vendor Tables

  • Pleasant Green Baptist Church – Chicken, Fries and Cracklins
  • Carol Pelts – Sweets
  • Old St. Mark Baptist Church – Boiled turkey necks, pigs feet, neckbones, sausage, potatoes and Corn
  • Greater New Bethel Baptist Church – Hot sausage and Chili-cheese nachos
  • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church – Fish sandwich and Desert
  • Life Point Church – Corn dogs, Dill pickles, and Popcorn, water
  • Piggly Wiggly – Fried Pork Ribs and Deep Fried Drum Sticks
  • Hello My Name Is, LLC – Salsa, chips, beef jerky, hot sauce
  • Fishin’ To Catch – Clothing, hunting & fishing items
  • Dash & Dazzle Nails – Color Street Nail Polish, Homemade dog toys
  • Bath Fitter – Informational booth on bathroom renovations
  • Miss Lou Designs & More – Custom tumblers, mugs, decals & t-shirts
  • Tree of Calvary Baptist Church – Soft drinks, juices
  • Venessie Johnson – Paparazzi Accessories
  • Avoyelles Council on Aging – Bingo
  • Rabalais Seafood – Boiled crawfish table, Sunday dinner
  • Venessie Johnson – Paparazzi jewelry
  • Trinity Outreach Ministries – Sausage PoBoys, Chips, Sweet Potato Pie
  • Mansura Hope & Care Center – Prauline, Fudge, Candy
  • Cynthia Washington – Popcorn Balls, Pecan Candy
  • Knights of Columbus , Christ the King Council – Beer Table
  • Larry Quinney Jr. – Poetry, Book sales
  • Ginny Olin & David Leger – Homemade Essentials, handmade wood crafts
  • Bayou Chateau Nursing Center – Blow-up Bounce houses for children.

Yellow Bayou Park

Yellow Bayou Park is the site of a Civil War battle on May 18, 1864 and was the last battle of the Red River Campaign. Once a State park, the property is now owned and managed by the Town of Simmesport. I t is located directly on Louisiana Highway 1 less than a half mile north of Simmesport. Even today many of the Civil War trenches and earthworks are visible. Vendors will be housed under the trees next to these historic earthworks, facing the large field to the north. There is a spacious covered stage where the live entertainment will perform. The stage is only 20 – 30 yards from the vendor area, so crowds will be within shopping distance even when the live acts are performing. Below you can see a short tour of the grounds from the air.

R.I.S.E gets the majority of their funds for events like this through donations. If your organization would like to be a sponsor, there are several donation levels. Choose the level that fits your needs. We appreciate everyone who helps us put on events such as this.

Click on the Garfish to view the sponsorship flyer.

Festival Donors