Downtown Wichita Falls to Host 10th Annual Cajun Fest

If you head downtown this weekend, you may think you are on Bayou!
 
The good times will sure be rolling in Wichita Falls when the annual Cajun Fest kicks off Saturday.
 
It's one of the four biggest events Downtown Development puts on to encourage people to explore and see what is taking shape in that area.
 
"We really want to show off the progress that downtown is making," said Jeanette Charos, Downtown Wichita Falls Development Marketing Director. "It's a come and go event, so we encourage people to get their hands stamped, go shop around, and come back and enjoy some live music."
 
The event will have all of the yummy Cajun food that will make you feel like you just traveled to Louisiana.
 
"We have 5,500 pounds of crawfish and n top of that we have gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, catfish, all of your different cajun dishes," said Charos.
 
In addition to all the good food and live music, the owner of the largest alligator park West of the Mississippi River will be there with a few of his closest friends. 
 
"I love to bring these animals on the road and show kids what they feel like," Gary Saurage said, owner of Gator Country. "You can tell a kid something and teach them, but when they touch something, it's forever."
 
Saurage said he used to hunt the alligators, but never enjoyed it, which lead him to open a rescue center for the animals. 
 
"This is the oldest animal on the face of the earth," Saurage said. "This is what's left of the dinosaurs. I respect them so much. And I've learned and I love to teach."
 
Saturday, Saurage will have two shows where the audience can interact with the alligators and maybe even give them a kiss or two. 
 
Saurge said since this is their fifth year at Cajun Fest, they have some new things in store too.
 
"We've added several new surprises," Saurage said. "I'm not going to let them out of the box, but we brought a bunch of different animals and I promise you, if you come to my show, you better be paying attention," he said. 
 
Saurage said in addition to alligators, he will also use snakes and bullfrogs during his shows, those of course in addition to the surprises.
 
Gates open at noon and things will wrap up at 10 pm. 
 
Tickets at the gate are $10.
 
Kids 12 and under get in for free and since Saturday is also graduation day, admission is also free for MSU seniors.
 
All proceeds from Cajun Fest food sales will go to benefit Elks Lodge #1105 charities. 

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