Attendance at weekend’s Frisco Fest sets record for most ever entrants
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 14, 2012
By David Vitrano
GARYVILLE – Sandwiched between two waves of extremely bad weather, this year’s Frisco Fest at San Francisco Plantation in Garyville attracted scores of people seeking a respite from being trapped inside by rainstorms.
“We’re so thankful that the weather held out,” said San Francisco Plantation General Manager Kim Fontenot. “This is the best we’ve done as far as attendance.”
That boost in attendance led to a great year for all the festival’s vendors.
“There are so many amazing crafters,” she said. “When you see it you just appreciate what they do.”
Fontenot said all the vendors and especially the plant vendors did very well this year, which will be one more reason for them to return next year. Another reason, however, may be the festival’s organizers.
“I’ve done it two or three times. The people in charge want to make you happy,” said Gerald Judice, who sells containers and pieces of art made from cypress driftwood. “The thing about coming year after year is you start to recognize people and make friends.”
It was not just the vendors who had a great year this year, however. Fontenot said every event, from the car show to the cook off, were successful. Additionally, the children’s activities such as the Eurobungee and rock-climbing wall stayed busy all weekend long.
Another popular draw was Geno Delafose and the French Rocking Boogie, who had attendees dancing in the barn all Sunday afternoon long.
“Traditionally in Louisiana, it was a big deal that on Sunday afternoon people would get together and dance,” said Fontenot.
Fontenot also commended all the industry volunteers who helped make the food tent such a great success.
“We really have a great food tent,” she said.
With the success of this year’s festival, maybe the planning process for next year will be just a little bit easier.
Said Fontenot, “Everything was so good this year that I don’t want to change anything.”
The winners of the various contests held throughout the weekend include:
• Best Engine – Jon and Kathleen Bagala, 1957 Chevy Belair
• Best Interior – Jon and Kathleen Bagala, 1957 Chevy Belair
• Best Paint – Terry Neuville, 1968 Chevy Camaro
• People’s Choice – Danny Roussel, 1956 Ford Crown Victoria
First place – Wayne Jacob’s Smokehouse
Second place – Mike and Misty Bare, Triad
Third place – Gene Powell, Capital Valve and Fitting Company
First place – Tia Snyder Day Care in Paulina
Second place – Mike and Kristina Bare, Triad
Third place – Glenn Bakers Heating and A/C
First place male – Gregg Simon
Second place male – R. Holmes
First place female – Vanessa Ohmes
Second place female – Amira Baloney
First place child 12 and under – Gavin Vicknair
Second place child 12 and under – Alex McQueen
Male winner – Gregg Simon
Female winner – Katie Babin
5K Children 12 and under
First place – Cross De La Cruz
Second place – Penelope De La Cruz
5k – ages 13-25
First place male – Farooq Sheikh
First place female – Chelsey Brignac
Second place female – Lin Schexnayder
5k – ages 26-35
First place male – Glen Vicknair
Second place male – Buddy Boe
First place female – Vanessa Ohmes
Second place female – Stephanie Ory
5k – ages 36-49
First place male – Bill Johnson
Second place male – Lonnie Weber
First place female – Michelle Jensen
Second place female – Eric Roussel
5k – ages 50-59
First place male – Za Maurin
Second place male – Tom Daley
First place female – Linda Baker
Second place female – Mary Ellen Pratt
5k – ages 60 and over
First place male – R. Holmes
First place female – Rene Guas