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North La. Sweet Potato and Bluegrass Festival April 3rd-5th

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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Carroll Parish's, North Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival, is April 3rd-5th in Downtown Oak Grove in conjunction with the North Louisiana Spring Bluegrass Festival that will be taking place at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center just south of town.

"We are very excited about this year's festivals," W.C. Chamber Sweet Potato Festival Chairman Todd Nevels said. "We are now in our Forth year with the Sweet Potato Festival and the NEED Foundation is in their 10th year of the Spring Bluegrass festival. We are looking to make both events better than ever."

Sweet Potato Festival and Spring Bluegrass Festival draws people from all across the Southern Region of the United States to take in some of the best Blue Grass Music in the nation and enjoy a weekend full of good Hometown America cheer.

The event features an Arts and Crafts show which had more than 50 vendors in 2013, The ICE House Company Sweet Potato Cooking Contest, Ronald McDonald Classic Car Show, and the midway provided by Miller Spectacular Shows out of Greenbrier, Ark. which is the carnival of choice for the Arkansas and Missouri State Fairs.  While all the activity is going on in town the festival also features an Antique Tractor pull that takes place next to the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center that is hosted by the Bouf River Antique Tractor Club. 

The Bluegrass festival will kick-off April 2nd with a covered dish super at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center and will feature nightly performances, Thursday-Saturday with matinees on Friday and Saturday.  Special guest include The Harrigill Family, Lyndel Taylor and Family, Lonesome Ridge, Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers, Traditional Drive, Clancey Ferguson, Flatt Lonesome and of course the fan favorite Gary Waldrep Band.  For more information about the North La. Bluegrass Festival contact the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center at 318-428-5282 or visit them on line a http://www.needfoundationcommunitycenter.com/.


Entertainment will be going on all day on April 5th at the Courtyard in the Historic District and there will be a free street dance April 4th with live music by the band Murphs Law and the 5th with DJ Rodney Chriswell at the Little Freezer Stage from 6 pm-10 pm.

The Sweet Potato Parade will roll through at 2pm on April 5th and will tentatively feature marching bands, floats classic cars and more.

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