Monday, October 3, 2011

Canoe, kayak racers set for Tour du Teche

    Tour du Teche Canoe and Kayak Race along the Historic Bayou Teche in southwest Louisiana on October 7-9, 2011 will award over $16,000 in prize money. Over 85 boats will compete in a staged marathon through beautiful Bayou country and will include stops to enjoy Cajun country hospitality for boaters and spectators as well.
    The main race, the Tour du Teche II , will be held as a staged race totaling 135 miles, with competitors going from Port Barre to St. Martinville on Friday, from St. Martinville to Franklin on Saturday and Franklin to Berwick on Sunday. Time will be taken after each leg, with the best overall time determining the winner. Details of the different races can be found at:
    Musical entertainment, food and fun will take place in several towns along the Bayou Teche. Highlights include musical performances by internationally renowned zydeco/Cajun musicians Keith Frank and Mark Willis and Cocodrie in St.Martinville and Johnny Chauvin in Franklin. Enjoy a gumbo cook-off in New Iberia and a kick-off ceremony with food and a Cajun jam led by Mayor Gil Savoy in Port Barre. See schedule at
    Southwest Louisiana is known for its beautiful live oaks, meandering bayous, its cultural diversity, its people, food, music and Joie de Vivre. Bayou Teche is in the heart of this country called Acadiana. Alligators, capricious rafts of water hyacinth and towering sugar barges are special features of this journey through Cajun, Creole and Chitimacha country.
    Tour du Teche has it all: an exciting adventure for participants, including prize money and many activities and much fun for visitors as well. Tour du Teche will provide a very lovely glimpse of our natural waterways, our bayous in Louisiana, food, dancing and "passing a good time."
    Tour du Teche is a program of the Teche Project, a community organization that addresses ecological, cultural and historical Conservation of Bayou Teche. The race is sanctioned by USCA.
    For more information, contact the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission at (337) 948-8004 or e-mail

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