NATCHITOCHES, LA – Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CARI) will host the 3rd Annual Cane River Find Your Park Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Held at the Oakland Plantation Unit of the park, the festival will showcase the cultural and natural resources located in the Cane River and Red River regions. Events include hands on activities for children, agricultural demonstrations, games, and a petting zoo! “The Find Your Park Festival is an event we look forward to each year as we invite visitors of all ages to discover the National Park and Heritage Area in their backyard, commented Barbara Justice, CARI Chief of Interpretation. The third year of the festival will continue to feature other federal and state partners like the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kisatchie National Forest, and Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site. “This festival brings the park to life as it explores and celebrates the rich heritage of the Cane River and Red River regions,” Justice continued.
The Cane River Find Your Park Festival is free and open to the public. Activities will occur from 10AM-3PM at Oakland Plantation located at 4386 Highway 494, Natchez, LA 71456.
CRNHA & CARI have also partnered with Bike Natchitoches to incorporate the 6th Annual Cane River Plantation Ride into the festival as well. The ride consists of four options, a15-mile route, a 25-mile route, and a Metric-Century route, all of which start at 9AM at Oakland Plantation. Registration for the ride will be held Friday, April 26, from 12AM-5PM at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center. The costs per participant are $40.00 for ages 18 and older, $25.00 for ages 17 and younger and students. Registration the day of the event will start at 8:15AM and will cost $5.00 extra per participant. A free 2k fun run/walk will be held at Oakland Plantation during the Find Your Park Festival.
Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that manages the congressionally designated Cane River National Heritage Area. Its mission is to preserve and promote the cultural and natural resources of Cane River and encourage economic development by strengthening heritage tourism in the region.