Small Town, Big Heart: Marthaville Good Ole’ Days Festival Turns 27

By Kevin Shannahan

Several thousand festival goers enjoyed themselves at the Annual Marthaville Good Ole’ Days Festival, held this past weekend, Sept. 20-21. This year’s Festival marks the 27th anniversary of what has become one of our parish’s most beloved traditions. This year’s event showcased the current and former festival presidents who served as Grand Marshals.

While the parade was the highlight of the festival, it was far from the only activity going on. Both Friday and Saturday evenings featured concerts. There was an antique car judging, performances by school dance and cheer groups and a performance by the NSU cheerleaders. The festival also served as a reunion for the Marthaville High School’s classes of 1949, 1959 and 1969. The parade featured numerous entries ranging from the NCHS’ Junior ROTC unit and Color Guard to Smokey the Bear and the young men and women of Cub Scout Pack 20. The hometown Marthaville Hawk cheerleaders and spirit group were joined by their counterparts from Red River Parish and Magnet. The fire department, antique cars, library bookmobile, area political candidates and a full complement of area pageant queens rounded out the parade roster.

The Marthaville Good Ole’ Days Festival is a superb weekend of family fun and togetherness. It is small town America at its best! The NPJ is looking forward to next year.