Approximately 20 artists will be on hand to display their works and demonstrate techniques. Folk sculptor John Joyner will be whittling wood as well as selling finished painted pieces. Plein air painter Pat Macaluso sets up her easel and paints landscapes. Or if textiles beckon, watch shambori silk artist Deborah Simeral work her magic with dyes on fine fabrics. Jewelry, bird houses, wildlife paintings and funky voodoo panels by New Orleans artist Dr. Bob will all adorn the historic town square. There's food and drink to be found downtown at Le Zinc Main Street Bar/Restaurant as well as at the historic Palace CafÃ©.
Over at the Yamatorium, on the Yambilee Festival Grounds, the Yam-i-mal competition (take one odd-shaped yam, add feathers, bones, hair, paper, etc.) offers a $10 first prize for the best entry. Browse local arts and crafts, shop the old-time farmer's market and linger for a taste of yam cake. And Sunday at noon, the Grand Louisiyam Parade rolls down La. 190, Opelousas's main street, from Courthouse Square to the Yambilee grounds on the western outskirts of town.
The Yambilee takes place Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 28-29. For more info, call the Yambilee Festival at (337) 948-8848, or visit www.yambilee.com.
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