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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - West Carroll's largest festival weekend is set to kick-off this Wednesday night as the West Carroll Chamber along with the NEED Foundation team up to present the North Louisiana Sweet Potato and Bluegrass Festival in Oak Grove, La. The Sweet Potato Festival is presented by Lamb Weston of Delhi, La.

It all begins Wednesday night at the Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center as the Spring Bluegrass Festival begins with its Potluck Dinner at 6 p.m. The Bluegrass Festival will have performances Thursday at 6:30 and Friday and Saturday at 1:30 and 6:30. The event is hosted by the Gary Waltrip Band. For more information call the Lingo Center at 318-428-5282.

The North Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival presented by Lamb Weston of Delhi kicks-off Thursday night at 6 p.m. with a carnival on the Courthouse Square. The carnival portion of the event is hosted by Miller Spectacular Shows and will include State Fair Quality Rides and more. The carnival will also be open Friday night from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until on Saturday.

Arts, Crafts, Food, Entertainment and more will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday as over 40 vendors from the Tri-State area merge on the Courthouse square. From 11 am until 2 PM Bluegrass/Folk Artist will provide the background entertainment for the Lions Club Annual Hamburger Fundraiser that will take place on the courtyard between Jack's Jewelry and The Drug Store on Main Street. Vendors will include everything from handmade wood crafts, to leather purses and much more.

The first of two nightly street dances will begin at 6 PM on the Little Freezer stage as Murphs Law provide the backdrop for an evening of dancing, fun and fellowship in downtown Oak Grove. Admission is free, but just make sure you by a hotdog at this iconic local landmark.

Activity will abound all day Saturday as the festival reaches its climax. Local entertainers will take to the stage at the downtown courtyard beginning at 9 a.m. Also at the Fiske Theatre will be the ICE house Sweet Potato Cooking Contest. Entries must be turned in by 10 a.m. and cash prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced at 12pm.

Oak Grove High School nationally ranked cheerleaders will lead the Sweet Potato Festival Parade down Main Street at 2PM. The parade will include marching bands, floats, antique tractors and cars and much more. Please note the parade route begins on Hwy 17 before turning down Main Street. Staging for the parade takes place behind the campus of Oak Grove High School. Best float awards will be presented at 2:30PM in front of the Fiske Theatre.

The Boeuf River Antique Tractor Club will be hosting its kick-off to the tractor pull season beginning at 9a.m. on the grounds of the Lingo Center and lasting all day. This event will feature tractors from the 1930's and more competing to see who can pull the most.

McDonald's Restaurant/Gilley Enterprises will be presenting a Classic Car Show along Main Street beginning at 10 a.m. and will feature cars from across the decades with local entries along with the West Monroe and Monroe Classic Car Clubs. We are sorry but cars and trucks newer than 1980 models will not be allowed to participate.

The festival wraps up Saturday night as DJ Rodney Criswell turns the vinyl with hit music from the 1960's-Today at the Honeycutt Communications Stage from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes as we bring an end to our annual celebration of our parish's most popular crop.

The North Louisiana Sweet Potato Festival is a registered trademark of the West Carroll Chamber of Commerce and all proceeds from the event go toward future festivals and chamber projects throughout the year.

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