Columbia annual Art Folk Fest this month

Less than a century ago, near Columbia, Louisiana, the sound of paddle wheels and riverboats sliding into dock was a common occurrence along the Ouachita River where the people made their living by river boat trade. Columbia was a shipping port for all the farmers and settlers in the area. While agriculture still dominates the area, shipping by river has all but passed away. Still the community celebrates its heritage with festivals promoting the ways of yesterday.

The Louisiana Art and Folk Festival set for October 11 and 12 will be a time of fun, music, arts and crafts, and activities for the entire family while enjoying demonstrations reminding all of how things were done in the 1800s.

Some of the demonstrations of folkways will be chair caning, net making, making of lye soap, boat carving, walking cane making and whip making.

Meanwhile for the children there will be Children's Art in the exhibit building from pre-school to 6th grade, plus a tent with children crafts being shown. A petting zoo sponsored by the 4-H Club will also be on hand.

As for food, the Art and Folk Festival will have people cooking their famous biscuits and sausage as well as tea cakes on wood stoves. In other areas there will be hamburgers, Boston Butt, full meals, hot dogs, funnel cakes and cotton candy.

Providing the musical entertainment will be Toni Davis and Chantay Tharpe with the Back Forty Band from Nashville, Southern Jewel Cloggers, Gene King and Band, Sandy Hill Bluegrass as well as gospel singers like Second Watch, Women of Faith, Jerry Johnson Singers and Forgiven Choir. Blue Grass music will be featured continuously throughout the festival. Those interested in a booth should call 318-649-2996 or 318-649-5358.