Downtown Thibodaux will be packed Friday and Saturday for the Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off and the Thibodeauxville Fall Festival.

Thousands of attendees are expected to attend the Big Boy’s Main Street Cook-Off, which opens at 4 p.m. Friday and costs $10. The event is sponsored by Thibodaux Main Street and proceeds benefit downtown Thibodaux. Admission includes samplings from all cook-off participants.

Serving begins at 6 p.m. followed by a performance by Nonc Nu & da Wild Matous.

More than 40 teams are scheduled to participate with classic Southern dishes such as shrimp and grits, jambalaya and charbroiled oysters.

Information about the cook-off is available at downtownthibodaux.org.

The party in downtown continues Saturday with the 25th annual Thibodeauxville Fall Festival sponsored by the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce.

As the chamber's largest fundraiser of the year, it attracts people from all over the state, chamber CEO Tammy Ledet said.

The festival begins at 8:30 a.m. with a Veterans Day ceremony honoring servicemen past and present.

There will be over 150 arts, crafts and food vendors. plus other activities such as a 5K run, a kid zone and car show.

The kid zone will include a petting zoo, face painting, a bounce house and more, Ledet said.

The highly anticipated duck race in Bayou Lafourche begins at 4 p.m. as thousands of ducks begin their journey from the Jackson Street bridge. Attendees can purchase duck tickets until 3 p.m. Saturday for $5. The ticket holder for the duck that comes in first will win a $1,000 cash prize, Ledet said.

Christian and variety music can be found throughout the day at stages B and C, while Foret Tradition can be found at Stage A at noon followed by the Lost Bayou Ramblers at 2:30 p.m.

Admission and parking to the festival are free, including shuttle services from the Thibodaux Civic Center until the festival ends at 5 p.m.

In the past 25 years, Thibodeauxville has become one of the largest festivals in the area with an average of over 15,000 visitors, Ledet said.

“This is a great accomplishment for the community and we want to recognize all of the wonderful people that either have supported the event through sponsorships or as a vendor, volunteered or just attended the event with family and friends,” she said.

Information about the fall festival is available at thibodauxchamber.com.

 

Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @gingerale214.