With the soaring temperatures and drought conditions, the state has imposed a burn ban, so call 911 if you see a plume of smoke, unless of course you are in Ville Platte, where the Smoked Meat Festival takes place this weekend.
Why Chapter 632 of the Vietnam Veterans of America have chosen the last weekend in June, ostensibly the hottest days of the year, to crank up their barbecue pits is beyond me, but my policy is never to look a gift pig in the mouth. Just crank up your battery powered personal fan, wrap your neck in an ice-water soaked bandana, sunscreen up and chow down on some of the best barbecue from the most famous smoked meat region in the country. If you can’t take it outside, The Pig Stand (318 E Main St.), a mecca for great pork dishes, will allow you to chill and still eat smoked meat.
Music begins Friday night at 6 p.m at the festival grounds. Saturday’s opening ceremonies at noon honor all veterans who have served the country and remember the fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War with bagpipes, color guard salutes, F-15 jet fly overs, and patriotic guest speakers. The World Championship Smoked Meat Cook-off is for amateurs and professionals. The cook-off is open to any kind of dish using smoked meat, such as sausage, tasso, pounce, boureé, deer, pig, rabbit and alligator. Tasting begins following opening ceremonies, winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Music continues until midnight, with headliners Wayne Toups & Zydecajun at 10:30 p.m. For more info, call (337) 363-6700.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.