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February 11, 18, 25 Alexandriqa, LA Inglewood Harvest Barn Market; Cenla's Premier Farmers' Market hosted by Louisiana's Largest Certified Organic Farm, Inglewood. This market is every Saturday throughout the year from 8am-Noon. Find everything you need each and every Saturday. Local produce, pastured meat, dairy, crafts, homemade breads, jams, jellies, wellness products, honey and so much more! Plus bring out the family and enjoy a stroll though the garden and pecan orchard, check out the Famous Chicken Bus, and taste some homemade meat pies, tamales and more delicious hot food and drink! Join us weekly for your local farmers market on the farm. Free Admission 318-442-6398; http://www.inglewoodfarm.com
February 24-25 Farmerville, LA 2017 BASS PRO SHOP CRAPPIE MASTERS TOURNAMENT. 3628 Par Rd 318-368-2086; Lincoln Parish and Union Parish have partnered again for the 2017 Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail on Lake D'Arbonne! registered today at the link below! https://www.crappiemasters.net/home/images/2017ScheduleAndEntryReduced.pdf}
February 25 Natchitoches, LA Krewe of Dionysus Mardi Gras Parade; Formed in 1995, the Krewe of Dionysus has over 300 members. This family friendly night time parade consists of a dozen or more super floats, lots of throws including beads, cups & specialty items and marching bands. The Krewe gathers on Highway 1, South Drive for their float loading party early in the day and the parade begins around 5:30pm. Families are urged to set up along the parade route and tail gate with their family and friends. The route continues along Highway 1/South Drive north to Keyser Avenue and crosses the bridge over Cane River Lake to Jefferson Street and the Landmark Historic District. The parade winds through the historic district and Front Street amidst 1000s of voices yelling "Throw me something mister". Krewe of Dionysus Parade Route The parade will begin on Highway 1/South Drive (across from Maggio's Package Liquor), travel North to Keyser Avenue, turn left, cross the bridge over Cane River Lake and take a right on to Jefferson Street, continue along Front Street, turn left onto Lafayette, then take another left onto Second Street, and end at City Hall.
February 25 Pineville, LA Dutch Oven Gathering; Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site, 135 Riverfront Street; . Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers Demonstrations begin at 9am. Pots on the table at Noon. Takes place every fourth Saturday of the month. No charge for food, however, donations are accepted. Park Entrance Fees Apply* Raffle Prizes!!! For more information, call Laurie Smith at 985-445-9944 or look for us on Facebook. Email: centralla.dutchovencookers@yahoo.com . Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers is a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society.Admission: $4 per person ages 13 to 61 Phone: 985-445-9944
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March 2 Pineville, LA A Culinary Taste of Historic Louisiana, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street; 6:00PM-7:00PM; The Civil War Round Table of Central Louisiana hosts two concurrent events for Thursday evening. Starting at 6 PM, will be “A Culinary Taste of Historic Louisiana,” a sampling with a menu of food from recipes used in Alexandria/Pineville during the late 19th century. This event will last until  7 PM and is free and open to the public. Phone: 318-484-2390; Website: Learn more about Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site Twitter ; Facebook
March 3-4 Monroe, LA Barak Shrine Circus, Friday-7:30pm; Saturday-10:00am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm; Sunday-2:00pm & 6:00pm; Bring the kids out to see the lions, the elephants, the acrobats and silly clowns, the whole works! And don’t forget to get your Cracker Jacks at intermission. Money raised assists with the Shriner’s activities. Monroe Civic Center; 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Ticket Prices Vary; 318-329-2225; www.ci.monroe.la.us/monroe-civic-center.php
March 4 Ruston, LA Happy Spring Market, Arts and Crafts Fair; 9:00-4:00pm. It's that time again! Get an early start on your spring shopping! Come on out & bring the family to the indoors/outdoors Happy Spring Market at My Happy Place Vintage Market! 2372 HWY 33; Over 40 shopping vendors, food vendors, bake sale, face painting, photography sessions, & more! You'll find arts, crafts, boutique clothing. ADMISSION is FREE!! Tel: 318-224-7058; Website.
March 4 Natchitoches, LA Dragon Boat Race; The Northwestern State University Foundation will present the second annual Natchitoches Dragon Boat Races Saturday, March 4 on Chaplin’s Lake on the NSU campus.   
Races will begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day with vendors, music and activities for families and spectators. Spectator admission is free.
Dragon Boat teams consist of 20 paddlers (a minimum of eight must be female) and one drummer. The helmsman will be provided. There will be a practice session for each team during the week preceding the event.To register as a competing team, visit northwesternalumni.com and find Dragon Boat Races under the Events listings. Downloadable reservation forms are available.  Registration will close Feb. 26.  For more information, contact Erikson at 318-357-4415 or email eriksonv@nsula.edu
March 5 Alexandria, LA Camp Life Tours; Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street; 9:00AM-12:00PM; Both Saturday and Sunday, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site will have both Union and Confederate camps open to the public.  This informal program allows the public to both see how they lived and ask the living historians questions they may have about the era. This event is a part of the main reenactment and does not cost an extra fee. Due to safety concerns, please do not handle any item in camp unless you ask permission of the owner first. Smell the food cooking over the open fire or observe the simple camp life soldiers on both sides endured.  Admission: $4 per person ages 13-61 ; 318-484-2390; Learn more about Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site
March 8-10 Natchitoches, LA Natchitoches Soil & Water Conservatin Tree & Shrub Sale. 9am-5pm. On the corner of St. Clair Ave and Williams Ave. There will be a variety of bare root and potted trees & shrubs, including River Birch, Live ok, Sawtooth Oak, Strawberry Bush, Chinquapin, White, pink & red Dogwood, Cape Myrtle, Fern, Azalea, Blueberry, Fig, Pecans, Paw-paw and others. All proceeds benefit the community through sponsoring area projects including: conservatin essay & soil & water stewardship week, conservation education programs, forestry awareness and restoration of wildlife habitats. For more information call 318-357-8366, ext 3 or email benny.dobson@la.nacdnet.net or jd.cox@la.nacdnet.net. Go to website www.nswcd.org to print out pre-order form and mail to 6949 Hwy 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA 71457 or find us on Facebook.
March 10-11 Alexandria, LA Inaugural Rapides Parish Rodeo; Rapides Parish Coliseum; 7:30PM; Inaugural Rapides Parish Rodeo Friday & Saturday, at 7:30pm. Tickets available through www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information, please call 318-625-9076.
March 10-12 West Monroe, LA BMX Cajun Nationals, Friday - Sunday (All Day); USA BMX returns to the West Monroe's Ike Hamilton Expo Center, for stop No.6 in the 2017 National BMX series. This race will also host the USA Cycling Collegiate BMX Championships, where every major cycling college and university will compete for the USAC title. Ike Hamilton Expo Center Arena; 501 Mane Street; Free, (318) 325-9160;  http://www.westmonroe.com/departments/ike-hamilton-expo-center.php
March 10-12 Ruston, LA Big Creek Trade Days. Come and enjoy a flea market type experience with something to offer everyone. There are hundreds of vendors that have more items than you can imagine. Men can even relax in the "man cave". 327 California Plant Road. Friday-Saturday-9am-6pm; Sunday-10am-4pm; Parking-$5. 318-680-1304; Website
March 11 Winnfield, LA 25th Annual Hall of Fame Induction. Receptin 4pm-5:30pm. in the Louisiana Political Museum, 499 East Main. Banquet 6pm at the Winnfield Civic Center, 2000 South Jones St. This years Inductees are James C. "Jim" Beam; Jimmy N. Dimos; Rev. T.J. Jemison Sr.; Maurice L. "Bud: Mapes; Dave N. Norrris. Award Recipients- William C. "Bill" Broadhurst; James H. "Jimmy" Bill Jr.; Gus Weill. For more informatin call 318-628-5928 or lapolmus1@gmail.com
March 11 West Monroe, LA St. Paddy's 4 Leaf Clover Race, 8:00am-11:00am; 2nd Annual St. Paddy's 4 Leaf Clover Race includes the Leaping Leprechaun 3k & the Magic Shillelagh 7k through the paved trails of Kiroli Park; 820 Kiroli Road, $22-$27; 318-396-4016;www.westmonroe.com/departments/parks/kiroli.php
March 11 West Monroe, LA 5th Annual St. Paddy's Bicycle Parade & Festival, 10:00am-1:00pm; Put on your St. Paddy's costumes and decorate your bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters and pets for a bike parade around the field in Kiroli Park. Free activities include face painting, inflatable jumpers, and temporary tattoos. Live Irish music by Emerald Accent. Free green lemonade and popcorn will be served. Food vendors on site with more substantial fare available for purchase. Kiroli Park; 820 Kiroli Road, Free; 318-325-1961; www.westmonroe.com/departments/parks/kiroli.php
March 11 Colfax, LA Skully's D.A.R.T.ing into the Light Bike and Car Show; Main Street, 8:30AM-2:00PM; Come check out all of the Classic Cars, Rat Rods, Bikes, 4 Wheel Drives, Jeeps, Military Vehicles and More!  Trophies will be presented to Best in Class, Best in Show, Most Inventive, Most Original, and Loudest Pipes! ($35 Vehicle Entry and Vendor Fee); There will be live music, food, vendors, door prizes, and a live auction!  This is a family-friendly, alcohol free event! Please call 318-542-0341 for more information. Proceeds will go to D.A.R.T. (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team); Free to public ; 318-542-0341 ;2017 Town Take Over ... Skully's DARTing into the Light Bike And Car Show!!
March 18 Vivian, LA Louisiana Rebud Festical, Families looking for fun should check out Louisiana Redbud Festival’s all-day events including music on the square, a parade, food, dancing, beauty pageants, treasure hunt, car show, and arts and crafts booths. Vivian Townsquare; 9am -9pm; Free; 318-286-8093; www.laredbud.com
March 18 Natchitoches, LA Bloomin’ On The Bricks/Art Along the Bricks; Downtown Natchitoches; This spring garden festival will feature merchants who will sell items related to gardening and lawn care. It is also an outdoor arts and crafts festival which will feature fine art, drawings, paintings, portraits, and other unique items. For more information, please call 318-352-2746
March 25-26 Boyce, LA Lion's Cotile Trade Days; 200 Cotile Lake Road; Cotile Trade Days is a 2 day shopping event located in the Cotile Lake Recreation Park in central Louisiana.  Saturday, 8am-5pm; Sunday 9am-5pm; It is an outdoors piney woods area adjacent to Cotile Lake in Rapides Parish approximately 20 miles west of Alexandria. Conducted by the Alexandria MacArthur Dr. Lions Club in late March or early April, it has been an annual event for more than 30 years. Browse and buy art, antiques, airbrush work, clothes, tools, jewelry, plants and flowers plus much more. This is a family event which includes fun for all ages. We have added a recreation area for children including a climbing wall, wet and dry slides and other attractions. Satisfy your hunger on the Food Row with a wide variety of dishes and drinks. (No alcohol.) The purpose of Trade Days is to raise money for the many charities supported by the Lions including the Lions Camp for Children and the Louisiana Lions Eye foundation. In addition we contribute to the Lions Club International Foundation as well as local community needs. 318-443-3522 or 318-229-7104; Cotile Trade Days
March 25 Pineville, LA Dutch Oven Gathering; Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site; 135 Riverfront Street; 9:00AM; Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers, Demonstrations begin at 9am.  Pots on the table at Noon. Takes place every fourth Saturday of the month. No charge for food, however, donations are accepted. **Park Entrance Fees Apply** Raffle Prizes!!! For more information, call Laurie Smith at 985-445-9944 or look for us on Facebook. Email: centralla.dutchovencookers@yahoo.com .Central Louisiana Dutch Oven Cookers is a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society. Admission: $4 per person ages 13 to 61; Phone:  985-445-9944

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