NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) - It's expected that over 100,000 people will attend the 6th Annual Alma Plantation Harvest Festival in New Roads this year.
The festival will be held October 14-16 and will offer live music, local food, a beer garden, unique shopping opportunities, carnival rides, and games.
On Thursday, October 6, a new music stage was added to the festival and will be located in front of the historic Point Coupee Parish Courthouse on Main St. in downtown New Roads. Performers on that stage include:
Friday, October 14:
- Na Na Sha - 7 p.m.
- 5-D Band - 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 15:
- Rising Stars Gospel Group - 1 p.m.
- North Iberville Male Chorus - 2 p.m.
- Community Spiritual Male Chorus - 3 p.m.
- Majestic Ensemble for Christ - 4 p.m.
- Sims Gospel Band - 5 p.m.
- The Sizzlin Band - 7 p.m.
- The Delta Drifter Blues Band - 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16:
- Gerald Jermarr Williams and Chosen - 1 p.m.
- Holy Church of God and Christ Praise Team - 2 p.m.
- Greater St. Peter & Union Antioch Baptist Churches Combined Choirs - 3 p.m.
- St. Paul Catholic Church Male Choir - 4 p.m.
- Cliff and Company - 5 p.m.
"The Harvest Festival has become one of the largest free festivals in the State of Louisiana. There's no place where people can enjoy great music from nationally known artists, vendors that second to none, and a first-class carnival for all ages," said Mayor Robert Myer. "We are once again excited to showcase our wonderful city and to share with the world what we have always known, that New Roads is a great place to live, to play, and to prosper."
This year's Harvest Festival will feature two live band stages each day.
Louisiana LeRoux will headline the West Stage on Friday, October 14 at 9 p.m. Charley Rivers will perform at 7 p.m. and Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres and the Possee kick off the event at 5 p.m.
Headlining the East Stage Friday is The Brothers Johnson at 9 p.m., preceded by the New Orleans Mystics at 7 p.m., and the Mellow Band at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, October 15, the West Stage will feature the funk band, Lakeside, at 9 p.m. The band is best known for its 1980 number one hit Fantastic Voyage. Earlier performances on the West Stage include Gerald Delafose at 12 p.m., the Guy Augustine Band at 2:15 p.m., Connie G at 5 p.m., and Phat Hat at 7 p.m.
The East Stage will feature country music star, Lauren Alaina, who recently released her new album, Road Less Traveled. She performs at 9 p.m. after MJ & The Redeemers at 12 p.m., Orphan Annie at 2:15 p.m., David St. Romain at 5 p.m., and James Dupre at 7 p.m.
More performances are slated for Sunday, October 16. On the West Stage: 90 Degrees West at 12 p.m., Amanda Shaw at 2:30 p.m., and Ty Hearndon at 4:30 p.m. On the East Stage: Boogie All-Stars at 12 p.m., Vince Hutchinson at 2:30 p.m., and Rockin' Doopsie at 4:30 p.m.
Admission to the festival is free. New Roads City Police will be downtown and along the perimeter of the festival to provide assistance with traffic and parking. The festival is expected to occupy much of the city's downtown area, including a large section of Main St., Morrison Parkway, and the City Square.
"This will be our sixth year to host the Harvest Festival. We want to thank Alma Plantation for once again being our lead sponsor, and to the many businesses and individuals who help to support this great event," Myer said.
The festival also has a major economic impact on the city; last year's festival brought in more than $750,000.
Also featured at the festival will be the popular Beer and Sports Garden, where one can sample domestic and imported wines.
For more information about the Harvest Festival, visit www.harvestfestivalnewroads.com, or call City Hall at 225-638-5360.