By Kevin Shannahan
Cheerleaders flew through the air, dance groups performed and pageant queens sparkled as the 2017 Natchitoches Parish Fair and Rodeo held its opening ceremony Wednesday, September 27th. Boy Scout Troop 36 presented the colors as the 2017 NSU Lady of the Bracelet performed a stunning rendition of the National Anthem. The anthem was followed by a fashion show featuring models wearing a variety of styles from local stores. Cheerleaders from NSU and local schools joined local dance studios and high school dancelines in giving the crowd over an hour of family entertainment. Dark Woods’ characters spooked the crowd throughout the evening and even performed a dance routine. This year’s Parish Fair and Rodeo started with a bang!