Here's a little bit about our history. How we started and how we've grown.
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1990


1990 - 1st Annual MLF
July 6th & 7th
The Marshland Festival is born.

Twenty two years ago a group of parents, school teachers and administrators were concerned for the youth of Hackberry Louisiana. These various groups of the northwestern town of Cameron Parish, were trying to provide a way to fund various School, Church, and Community organizations. Through these efforts, the Marshland Festival was born.

The Marshland Festival Association Board was created which would provide a means to bring the community together in one place. The non-profit board would provide the environment and entertainment needed to draw local and surrounding areas together. The youth groups would have the opportunity to raise the money they needed to support their organizations.

1990 Schedule of Events
Friday, July 6th
Rhythm Kings Dance
Movie Festival (HHS Gym)

Saturday, July 7th
Softball Tournament ( Recreation Center)
Arts & Crafts
Hobbies in Motion
Mustang Club
Steve German Taxidermy
Great American Crab Cook Off
Karate Demonstration
Pet PlayHouse - Bruce Hamilton
HHS Cheerleader Exhibition
1989 State Fiddle Champion
Old Time Country Hoedown
Creole Cookin - Band
Country Music Revue - Band
JOEL SONNIER
Country Music Revue - Band


Trivia Question:
What was pictured on the first festival T-shirt?
See Year 1991 for answer


Trivia Question Answer:
The first Marshland Festival T-Shirt design is pictured below.








1991 - 2nd Annual MLF
July 4th & 5th
Hackberry Community Center

Friday, July 3rd
Miss Marshland Festival Beauty Pageant

Saturday, July 4th
Archery Contest
Volley Ball Tournament
HHS Cheerleaders
Bruce Hamilton & Pets
Crossroads - Band
Crab Trap Setting Contest
George Laboves Magic Show
Gymnastics Etc. Exhibition
Country Music Revue - Band
Country Dance Exhibition
DOUG STONE

Sunday, July 5th
Ron Miller and the Midnight Ramblers - Band
Great American Crab Cook Off
Red Saltzman - Band
Bruce Hamilton & Pets
Harold Suire Accordion
HHS Cheerleaders
Hackberry Ramblers - Band
Andy Anderson Accordion
WAYNE TOUPS

1991

1992


1992 - 3rd Annual MLF
July 4th & 5th
Hackberry Community Center

Sunday, June 21st
Mr & Miss Marshland Festival Beauty Pageant
(HHS Gym)

Friday, July 3rd
Hackberry Booster Club MLF Golf Tournament
(Frasch Park, Sulphur)

Saturday, July 4th
Great American Crab Cook Off
Hackberry All-Star Jam
Gymnastic Etc.
George Labove's Magic Show
Little Alfred, Skip Dowers and Louisiana Pride (Band)
Taekwondo USA
HHS Cheerleaders
Crossroads (Band)
Great Marshland Variety Players (Band)
Country Music Revue (Band)
NORMAN WADE (Guest Star)
Kenny Kyle (Comedian)
DAVIS DANIEL|
Team Citgo Show Band Performance

Sunday, July 5th
Country Plus (Band)
Buford Jordan Autograph Session
George Laboves Magic Show
Cheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds (Band)
Crap Trap Setting Contest
Order of the Arrow Indians
HHS Dance Line
Bustin Loose (Band)
George Laboves Magic Show
Kenny Kyle Comedian
EDDY RAVEN
 
 

 

By 1993 the Marshland Festival had out grown its home and could no longer support the large crowds of festival goer's.

A decision was made to move to a larger facility which could support the large crowds, provide indoor air conditioning and eliminate the likely hood of rainout's. The Lake Charles Burton Coliseum became the new home of the Marshland Festival.

In addition, because of the other local Forth of July events in the area, the Festival dates were moved to last weekend in July.

1993 - 4th Annual MLF
July 31st & August 1st
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Saturday, July 31st
Great American Crab Cook Off
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (Band)
Taekwondo USA Exhibition
Country Music Revue (Band)
Bruce Hamilton
Country Music Revue (Band)
Country Dance Team
HHS Dance Line
Pearl River (Band)
Magic Show
T. GRAHAM BROWN

Sunday, August 1st
Lesa Cormier & The Sundown Playboys (Band)
Comier Brothers (Band)
Roddy Romero
Magic Show
WAYNE TOUPS

1993

1994


1994 - 5th Annual MLF
July 29th, 30th & 31th
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 29th
Show & Dance
Lifters (Band)
Na Na Sha (Band)

Saturday, July 30th
Southern Rain (Band)
Country Revue (Band)
JO EL SONNIER
GENE WATSON

Sunday, July 31st.
T.K. Hulin
Warren Storm
Johnny Allen
Louisiana Express
WAYNE TOUPS

 
 

1995 - 6th Annual MLF
July 29th, 30th & 31th
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 28th
Southern Express (Band)
Louisiana Boys (Band)
Featuring:
Joe Stampley
John Fred
G.G. Shinn

Saturday, July 29th
Lake Charles Ramblers (Band)
Lifters (Band)
Country Music Revue (Band)
Rockin Doupsey
NA, NA, SHA
BILLY JOE ROYAL

Sunday, July 30th
Texas Cajun Playboys
Louisiana Express
T.K. Hulin
WAYNE TOUPS

1995

1996


1996 - 7th Annual MLF
July 26th, 27th & 28th
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:


Friday, July 26th
Louisiana Express

Saturday, July 27th
Little Britches Rodeo
Crawfish Cook off
Bayou Ramblers (Band)
River Road (Band)
Zona Jones (Band)
Curtis Day
Richard LeBouef
GENE WATSON

Sunday, July 28th
Church Point Aces (Band)
Rim Fire (Band)
NA NA SHA
WAYNE TOUPS
 
 


1997 - 8th Annual MLF
August 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:


Friday, August 1st
Judd Bares
Louisiana Express

Saturday, August 2nd
Steve Riley (Band)
Johnny Mouton (Band)
Richard Lebouef (Band)
James Younger (Band)
EXILE (Band)

Sunday, August 3rd
Karlo Broussard (Band)
Kip Sonnier (Band)
NA NA SHA
WAYNE TOUPS

1997

1998


1998 - 9th Annual MLF
July 31th, August 1st & August 2nd
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:


Friday, July 31st
Judd Bares
Louisiana Express


Saturday, August 1st
Johnny Mouton & Cajun Rhythm (Band)
Kip Sonnier & Hurricane
Texas the Band
PERCY SLEDGE
Al "Lil Fats" Jackson

Sunday, August 2nd
Joe Simon & Louisiana Cajuns
Richard LeBouef & Two Step
Moe-D
WAYNE TOUPS
 
 


1999 - 10th Annual MLF
July 30th, July 31st & August 1st
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games

Musical Entertainment:

Friday,
July 30th
Moe-D
Al "Lil Fats" Jaskson

Saturday, July 31st
Young Cajun Aces
King Fish
Cary Cooley
Beau Jocque
NA NA SHA
DOUG STONE

Sunday, August 1st
Johnny Mouton
Country Music Revue
Richard LeBouef and Two Step
WAYNE TOUPS & ZYDECAJUN

1999

2000


For the year 2000, the Marshland Festival moved uptown to the Lake Charles Civic Center. The Marshland Festival found a new home on the beautiful landscaped Lake Front.

In addition, the new location provided easier access for the tourist wishing to experience a taste of Louisiana Culture.

2000 - 11th Annual MLF
July 28th, July 29th & July 30th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games

Musical Entertainment:


Friday, July 28th
John Dale Hebert & the LA Band
Al "Lil Fats" Jackson

Saturday, July 29th
Young Aces of Cajun Music
Damon Troy & Louisiana Beat
King Fish
Debbie Traylor & Hired Guns
Louisiana Express
DARRELL SINGLETARY
Louisiana Express

Sunday, July 30th
Cajun Rhythm Band (Johnny Mouton)
Richard LeBouef & Two Step
WAYNE TOUPS

 
 


2001 - 12th Annual MLF
July 27th, July 28th & July 29th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:


Friday, July 27th
Louisiana Kingfish
Al "Lil Fats" Jackson

Saturday, July 28th

Bayou Rhythm Band (Johnny Mouton)
Judd Bares
Barry Badon
Damon Troy & Louisiana Beat
Moe-D
PERCY SLEDGE


Sunday, July 29th
Sean Vidrine
Richard LeBouef
WAYNE TOUPS

2001

2002


2002 - 13th Annual MLF
August 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, August 2nd
Kadilax
Louisiana Kingfish

Saturday, August 3rd
Little Chenier Playboys
Horace Trahan
Moe-D
Louisiana Express
w/ Johnny Alan & Charles Mann
BILLY JOE ROYAL

Sunday, August 4th
Lee Benoit
Al "Lil Fats" Jackson
WAYNE TOUPS

 
 


2003 - 14th Annual MLF
August 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, August 1st
Gary Gremillion
Louisiana Kingfish
Louisiana Express
w/ Charles Mann & T.K. Hulin

Saturday, August 2nd
Little Chenier Playboys
Sean Vidrine & Swamp Fyre
Zona Jones
Damon Troy & Louisiana Beat
Barry Badon & the Bayou Boys
JOHNNY LEE

Sunday, August 3rd
Sabine River Band
Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin Cajuns
Bobby & the Rockers
WAYNE TOUPS & ZYDECAJUN

2003

2004


2004 - 15th Annual MLF
July 30th, 31st, Aug. 1st
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 30th
Gary Gremillion
JO EL Sonnier
Louisiana Express with
T.K. Hulin & G.G. Shinn


Saturday, July 31st
Garrett Judice & Coullions
Louisiana's Kingfish
Sabine River Band
Damon Troy & Louisiana Beat
Barry Badon & the Bayou Boys
JONNY LEE

Sunday, August 1st
Bayou Katz
Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin Cajuns
PERCY SLEDGE
with Blue Eyed Soul Revue

 
 

2005 - 16th Annual MLF
July 29th & 30th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 29th
Deep South Productions
Wild Rice
X-IT 43
Don Fontenot & Friends of Louisiana
Cheap Whiskey


Saturday, July 30th
Earl LaPoint, DJ
Gary Gremillion
Jamie Bergeron
Louisiana Express & "Elvis" Leyoub
Barry Badon & the Bayou Boys
Richard LeBouef



2005

2006

2006 - 17th Annual MLF
July 28th & 29th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 28th
Steve Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
Judd Barres
Jason Ashley
Don Rich
Geno Delafose


Saturday, July 29th
Deep South Productions
Ricky Dodd
Kevin Naquin
Kip Sonnier
Travis Matte
Louisianna Express
Barry Badon
Jamie Bergeron
Richard LeBouef


 
 

2007 - 18th Annual MLF
July 27th & 28th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 27th
Steve Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
Louisiana Express & Gigi Shin
Jason Ashley
T. Graham Brown

Jamie Bergeron

Saturday, July 28th
Still Shot
Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
Damon Troy
Judd Barres
Travis Matte & the Zydeco Kingpins
Dustin Ray
Barry Badon & the Bayou Boys
Geno Delafosse & French Rockin' Boogie
Richard LeBouef & Two Step



2007

2008

2008 - 19th Annual MLF
August 1st & 2nd
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, August 1st
Steve Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
Louisiana Express & "Elvis" (John Leyoub)
Still Shot
John Conlee

Richard LeBouef

Saturday, August 2nd
Steve Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
Cajunation
Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys
Foret Tradition
Travis Matte
Don Rich
Rosie Ledet & Zydeco Playboys
Barry Badon & the Bayou Boys
Jamie Bergeron

 

 

 

2009 - 20th Annual MLF
July 31st & August 1st
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 31st
Steve Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
LA Express
Johnny Allen & Tommy McClain
Kevin Naquin &
the Ossun Playboys
Ronnie McDowell
Travis Matte &
the Zydeco Kingpins


Saturday, August 1st
Steve Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
Judd Barres & Six String Rodeo
Bayou Katz
Keith Frank
Foret Tradition

Hip Boot Joe
Billy Joe Royal
Barry Badon
& the Bayou Boys
Jamie Bergeron
& the Kickin' Cajuns


2009

2010

2010 - 21st Annual MLF
July 30th & 31st
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 30th
Steven Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
LA Fiya
G.G. Shinn & T.K. Hulin
Hip Boot Joe
Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie


Saturday, July 31st
Lakeside Gamblers
Tear Drops
Steven Mire & the Saltwater Playboys
LA Express Featuring Johnny Allan & Jivin Gene
Foret Tradition
Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band
Jamie Bergeron & the Kickin' Cajuns
Barry Badon
& the Bayou Boys
Travis Matte & the Kingpins


 
 

2011 - 22nd Annual MLF
July 29th & 30th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 29th
Steel Shot
Hip Boot Joe
Bag of Donuts
Damon Troy


Saturday, July 30th
History Channel's
Swamp People Stars
Trapper Joe & Trigger Tommy

Chris Miller & Bayou Roots
Twangsters Union & Abe Manual
Whisky South
Keith Frank
LA Express & Johnny Allen
Judd Bares
Horace Trahan
Barry Badon

2011

2012

2012 - 23rd Annual MLF
July 27th & 28th
Lake Charles Civic Center

Event Features
Food Booths
Arts & Crafts Booths
Exhibits
Games
Musical Entertainment:

Friday, July 27th
Damon Troy
Steel Shot
Geno Delafose
Chee Weez


Saturday, July 28th
John Dale Hebert & Friends
Whisky South
Louisana Express
Keith Frank
Judd Bares
Horace Trahan
Jamie Bergeron
Auction
Bag of Donuts

 
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