WICHITA FALLS, TX - Downtown Wichita Falls Development leaders and members of the Elks Lodge met yesterday to discuss just a few of the final plans and preparations needed before the 9th annual Cajun Festival.
This year's festival will see the city bring in four bands, thousands of pounds of Cajun food, a live gator show, a children's area with a carnival rides and much more. But beyond the fun Downtown Wichita Falls Development Assistant Director Jeanette VanDonge said the fest is fruitful for local businesses.
"It brings exposure to the local businesses in the area. If people are coming in from Lawton they may not have seen this intersection the last couple years and there have been a lot of changes," said VanDonge.
Last years the festival had to be moved off downtown streets to the J.S. Birdwell AG Center located at 111 N. Burnett Street. So many outsiders coming to the festival will notice big changes to the heavily renovated downtown area. In the two years since the fest was last held downtown the city has invested in renovations to the famous Zale's building, Big Blue, the old post office, while supporting businesses owner's investments into everything from housing, to restaurants, to shops and much more.
"When you come down for Cajun fest you're going to see a lot of changes," said VanDonge.
The festival is being held on May 14th in downtown Wichita Falls. Click HERE for information. Tickets are $5 if you by them before May 14th and will cost $10 at the gate when it opens at noon on festival day. All proceeds from the food sales will go to benefit the Elks Lodge.