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March 05 03:02 PM

2nd Annual Crawfest at Betty Virginia Park returns on March 24

The second annual Crawfest at Betty Virginia Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

The free-admission festival holds the distinction as the first event of its kind to be held in the historic park/ Crawfish boiled on side by Shane’s Acadiana of Shreveport will be available for sale, along with beer, burgers, sodas and other concessions. Live music will take place throughout the event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local artists will have their works on display, and a kids’ activities area is being planned as well.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the South Highlands Neighborhood Association for improvements to the park.

The live music schedule features an eclectic variety of rock, country, blues and Americana bands from Shreveport and Nashville. Shayliff kicks off the festivities at 11 a.m., followed by ole Whiskey Revival at 1 p.m. and Alive by Sunrise at 3 p.m. The 2018 headliner, Benjy Davis Project, closes out the show at 5 p.m. The Benjy Davis Project toured across the country and made seven appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, before a hiatus in 2011. Crawfest attendees will have the rare opportunity to see this Louisianaborn singer-songwriter perform with a full band in Shreveport.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to throw a fun, free, family-friendly event in Shreveport’s historic Betty Virginia Park,” said event organizer Matt Snyder. “We believe that having amazing events in the heart of our city fosters unit, promotes growth and solidifies Shreveport’s cultural identity. We look forward to growing last year’s estimated crowd of 6,000 attendees. Bring your family and come enjoy great local music, food, drinks and art in the park!” Organizers of Crawfest at Betty Virginia Park include Matt Snyder, PinPoint Local Marketing; Grant Nuckolls, Twisted Root Burger Co.; and Andrew Crawford, Rhino Coffee. Sponsorship opportunities at all levels are available. The organizers have put on other events in Shreveport, including Derby Day at Norton Art Gallery, Catahoula Wine Mixer at Provenance, Wheels in the Hills at Betty Virginia Park and Bourbon & Bowties.

For more information on Crawfest, details are available at www.facebook. com/crawfestshreveport.

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