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Andouille Festival kicks off Friday with $1 admission special benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank

LAPLACE — Bring a canned food item to the admission gate Friday and it only costs a $1 to attend the St. John the Baptist Parish Andouille Festival.

Donated canned goods will be provided to Second Harvest Food Bank.

The opening night admission special is part of the three-day 45th Annual Andouille Festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday at the St. John Community Center in LaPlace.

Families can save money on rides by purchasing a weekend ride pass in advance for $60, which includes unlimited ride access throughout the entire festival weekend. This deal alleviates the cost of normal ride rates, which range from $3-$5 per ride. The all-weekend pass will be $75 at the gate.

Advanced Day Ride Tickets will be $25 and $30 at the gate.

Advance passes will only be available for purchase until Thursday.

All ride bracelets and posters can be purchased during normal operating at Matherne’s Market in LaPlace, Gregg’s Neighborhood Supermarket in Reserve, Don’s Country Store in Reserve, the Percy Hebert Building Economic Development Department in LaPlace and the West Bank Courthouse in Edgard.

Visit andouillefestival.com for more information and news, including the list of bands, craft and food vendors.

The festival is presented by Marathon Petroleum Company and includes 24 food vendors, more than 28 craft vendors and more than 25 entertainers.

Live entertainment for the festival main stage includes Bucktown All-Stars, Mojeaux, 90 Degrees West, Keith Frank and the Souileau Zydeco Band, Shot Time, Faith Becnel & the Music Krewe and more.

The Gospel Tent features headliner Wayne Anthony from the James Cleveland Singers “God is” on Sunday and bands will also be rocking the Kid’s Tent throughout the weekend.

Food vendors will feature Andouille in their dishes as well as offer local cuisine and festival favorites. Vendors will have a wide range of dishes including Andouille eggrolls, fried Andouille chips, seafood pasta, crawfish bisque, jambalaya, pastalaya, gumbo, Cajun ribs, smothered okra, crawfish balls, Asian Andouille shrimp and more.

Craft vendors will also be on site selling unique items such as jewelry, candles, bags, scarves, wreaths, homemade salsa, baked goods and holiday décor.