The Cajun Classique is on the way!

Cruisers are in the water and headed down Bayou Teche this week with stops along the way. They’ll arrive in Franklin this Friday for the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show, and we’re very excited to have them!

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Meanwhile things are just about ready for the weekend. We’ll be expecting our first arrivals late this week and the show opens at 6 p.m. Friday.

See you all there!

We’re four days away!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Fifth BTWBS starting Friday. Registrations are running a little low, but we’ve had tremendous growth in the past four years and a little dip won’t dampen our spirits one bit. If you haven’t let us know you’re coming please do so this week so the cooks can have a head-count.

See you all this weekend!

Next Show: April 11-13, 2014

The Bayou Teche Bear Festival folks have set the above date for their event, and as we hold ours on the same date and fairgrounds, that will be the Fifth Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show dates.

Did you notice that word, “FIFTH”? Yes, from humble beginnings, we ‘re now heading into our fifth installment of what has been an unexpected but delightful success story!

More information about the 2014 show will be coming in months ahead, but here’s something very exciting we wanted to share. These kind folks have decided to do their own Bayou Teche event, a cruise that will begin on April 7 in Breaux Bridge, La. and end up at the BTWBS that Friday when we open the show! Thank you, Cajun Classique, for your support and for bringing even more attention to fine wooden watercraft to our area!

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2013 show photos are now up

See the tab on the menu above! The slideshow still doesn’t work, but if you click on the first thumbnail you can browse through the photos using the arrows. You’ll need to switch to Page 2, shown right below the first set of thumbnails, to see the rest.

More later, but the show was a TREMENDOUS success, our best one yet!

Directions to the Show

For those of you who haven’t been to the BTWBS before, it’s important that you know the way to get to the festival grounds.

Anyone coming from east or west, take the Franklin exit to La. 3211. This is particularly important for those of you coming from the east. Do not take any other exit from the east, you will end up on the wrong side of downtown Franklin and Main Street will be shut off during festival hours. Access to the bayou side is on the opposite end of downtown, so coming in from La. 3211 will bring you right to it.

We’ll have signs up. After getting on La. 3211, go all the way to the very end of the road. There will be a Walmart on the left and a Valero on the right. There will be a BTWBS sign there, too. Turn right.

Proceed down Main Street. You’ll go around a deep curve at the City Cemetery, with a BTWBS sign pointing the way right around the curve.

If you’re going to the boat landing first, there’ll be a sign on the right just where the cemetery ends, pointing to the LEFT. The lane is narrow, and the boat landing is at the end of it. NOTE: We have not yet received confirmation that improvements to the landing have been done. Please keep up with the page, we’ll post more when we know.

Those who are coming straight to the show grounds continue through town. There will be a signal light where the historic lamp posts begin on the boulevard. There will be another sign for the BTWBS on the right, but again pointing LEFT. This is Adams Street. We’re at the end of the street. Someone will be available to help you get situated when we see you come down the street.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.

The show is two weeks away…

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the bayou side April 19-21 in downtown Franklin, Louisiana.

Please let us know if you’re coming, if you haven’t done so already. We really need to hear from you so we have an idea of the amount of hospitality we’ll be providing for our participants. Email me at the contact address at the top of this page.

Special thanks to our sponsors so far, you’ll see them at the right hand side of this page.

Are you ready for the Fourth?

Fourth BTWBS, that is!

Gary and I are gearing up for the next show, set April 19-21. Starts Friday afternoon and wraps up late Sunday.

We’re hoping for the same number of participants as last  year, and more! Everyone who joined us on Parc sur la Teche was a pleasure to meet and hang around with, and of course, the boats were all wonderful.

So please start sending me your intentions to attend this year to: webmaster(AT)banner-tribune.com…of course, replace (AT) with the @ sign. Let me know how many people in your group so we can make sure we have enough…uhm…amenities to go around. I also need to know your hometown, when you expect to arrive, boat type/model, length, and whether you need space on land or in the water.

Please check the “lodging” page on this site for places to stay in the local area.

As before, there is no registration fee, but donations will be appreciated! There’ll be a place for them at the hospitality tent.

We are working with local governments to make improvements to that boat landing behind the city cemetery before the show. I don’t expect it to be state-of-the-art, but it should be in much better condition for use this year.

Best regards and look forward to seeing you all,

Roger Stouff and Gary Blum