Gumbo Festival History/Facts
- 2019 will mark the 48th Annual Festival
- During the 1970’s, then Governor Edwin Edwards signed a proclamation naming Chackbay the “Gumbo Capitol of Louisiana”
- Festival proceeds support the local Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department
- Volunteers cook nearly 500 gallons of Gumbo during the festival weekend
- Festival attracts over 15,000 visitors each year
- Festival features Cajun food, music, amusement rides, parade, auction, demonstrations, and much more
- Festival was previously named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association
- Festival was previously named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society
How much is it to enter the festival?
Where to park?
How much are ride bracelets?
This year we are once again offering Pay One Price Advanced Weekend Armbands for $55.00. Advanced armbands allow children unlimited carnival rides throughout the duration of the festival. Advanced weekend armbands are for sale until 4:00pm on Friday October 12th. After this time they can be purchased at the carnival ticket booth for $65.00 each. Advanced armbands can be picked up near the main entrance on Friday evening or the festival ticket booth. Buy armband here.
Who's playing at the fair this year?
What's the weather looking like?
Can I bring chairs?
Yes, plenty seating is provided but chairs are welcomed.
Can I bring outside food/drinks?
Can I bring my pet?
Only service animals are allowed.
How can I volunteer to help?
Do you have an ATM?
Yes, an ATM will be available right when you walk through the gates!
Do you have a covered area?
Yes, the band and food areas are all covered!
Do you have an indoor area?
Yes, our gumbo kitchen is indoors and has plenty of seating to enjoy your meal!
Do you have restrooms?
Yes, we have multiple bathroom locations with plenty of room!
Meet our 2017 Royalty
Gumbo Queen, Hali Westerman
Miss Louisiana Gumbo Festival Queen XLVI is Hali Westerman. Hali is the 17 year old daughter of Wayne and Tracey Westerman from Thibodaux, Louisiana. Hali is a 2017 graduate of Edward Douglas White Catholic High School and is currently enrolled at Nicholls State University were she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Hali says “I am very humbled and honored to represent such an amazing festival. To the firemen, thank you for devoting your time to this festival and pageant and I certainly would not have been able to do this without you all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity. I am looking forward to a great year.”
Hali would like to invite everyone to join her October 13th, 14th, and 15th at the Louisiana Gumbo Festival in Chackbay.
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