The evening was promoted as being ‘designed to stimulate cultural tourism throughout the state and foster economic development.’ The event was co-sponsored by Louisiana Main St. and the city of Crowley.
Also taking place in conjunction with the festival was the Mid-Size Cities conference which was being held at the Rice Festival Building Thursday and Friday. Fifteen cities with populations between 10,000 and 30,000 sent representatives to
Crowley including Thibodeaux, Zachary, Nachitoches and New Iberia.
“We would like to welcome everyone who is here this evening and invite you to enjoy some food from the finest restaurants in the area,” said Main St.’s Rita Johnson as she welcomed the guests.
The Crowley Art Association’s Robert Baxter was downright giddy as he addressed those in attendance.
“I see so many people I know I just want to hug, everyone here,” he said. “So if I come up to you and give you a hug I hope you don’t mind.”
Crowley Mayor Greg Jones was also on hand to welcome those in attendance Several pieces of art were on display throughout the Opera House. There were also several plants next to the pictures. Each of the plants were modeled after the picture it stood by. The resemblance was downright uncanny in some cases.
Among the restaurants which provided food for the guests were Fezzo’s, Old Tyme Cafe and Golden China Restaurant.
Several local dignitaries were in attendance including Crowley Mayor Greg Jones, Crowley Alderman Jeff Dore and Dr. Ezora Proctor.
It was estimated that over 200 people were in attendance.