Old-Fashioned 4th of July festivities get underway in Madisonville

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MADISONVILLE, LA -- It's billed as an old-fashioned celebration, and with things like hot dogs and a watermelon eating contest, it truly is.  The Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Madisonville is a popular stop for folks who might enjoy a smaller Independence Day celebration than other areas offer.

The event began this morning at 11:00 with a parade.  Participation from veterans was encouraged.  After Mayor Jean Pelloat's official welcoming presentation, the afternoon is scheduled to include a horseshoe tournament, rooster crowing contest (humans only), watermelon eating competition, and a beauty pageant for girls between the ages of 4 and 10.

The celebration's fireworks display begins at 8:30.

The event stretches along the Tchefuncte River and Water Street, including the city hall building.

Here's the schedule for the day's events:

  • 11:00 Parade begins
  • 12:00 Welcome by Mayor Pelloat
  • 1:00 Horseshoe tournament
  • 1:30 Beauty pageant
  • 2:30 Watermelon eating contest
  • 5:00 Rooster crowing competition
  • 8:30 Fireworks show

There will also be a DJ with music from 2:00-6:00.  To see some of the early highlights of the day, checkout the photo gallery at the top of this page.


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