Road Trip 2013 - Livingston

The population of the Village of French Settlement will increase a bit Friday morning, when the 9 News this Morning team takes over Town Hall! The crew will be broadcasting live from the pavilion behind Town Hall and the Creole House Museum.

Never been to the museum? You'll want to make a special trip once Graham Ulkins shows you inside! French Settlement is known for a lot of things – but a high cost of living isn't one of them. Matt Williams explains the unique structure of the village.

Something all of Livingston Parish is known for is its beautiful waterways. From the Amite – the Comite, the Tickfaw, and Lake Maurepas, there is no shortage of wide-open water, great for fishing and boating.

We know the people of Livingston Parish are creative. They're taking their "redneck" nickname seriously with the upcoming Tickfaw River Redneck Regatta coming up later this month. Contestants will build their own boats, dress up in pirate garb, and race down the river. Lauren Westbrook attempts to learn some boat-building secrets. (And yes, they're really ok with being called rednecks!)

Their town may be small, but French Settlement business owners know how to make a living. Johnny Ahysen visits with the gang from French Settlement sausage, a place that was nearly lost forever to fire. Now, the company is a big supporter of its local fire departments.

Some of French Settlement's youngest residents are getting the most recognition on this week's Road Trip show! Diane Deaton shows us why French Settlement Elementary holds the distinction of being Livingston Parish's only Blue Ribbon School. May 10 is graduation day for French Settlement seniors. Some of them are starting their day bright and early with us – We can't wait to hear what their futures hold! Also joining us Friday morning – Students from the elementary school's 4-H Club and Fitness Team, high school cheerleaders, students from The Dance Company, Parish President Layton Ricks, The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Department K-9 team and motorcycle unit, French Settlement's Mayor, Aldermen, and Police Department, representatives from the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, and many others.

Live music from The Broussards as well as Stone Envie will help wake up the crowd, and Police Chief Harry Brignac will show off his cooking skills. (Did you know French Settlement is the Sauce Patate Capital?! We hope he'll share some secrets!)

We hope you'll come be a face in the crowd or turn on the television – and be part of the 9 News this Morning team's visit to French Settlement!