Natchitoches’ Downtown Riverbank Stage was the place to be Friday, June 24, as the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s Induction Celebration hosted Rockin’ Riverfest. The popular event, long part of the annual induction of each new class of Louisiana sports legends into the Hall 0f Fame, featured concerts and family fun for children at the riverbank, all free of cost to anyone attending.
The MJ Dardar Band started off the festivities entertaining the crowd with over an hour’s worth of fun music. They were followed by the incredible Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr and the Zydeco Twisters who kept the crowd on their feet and dancing throughout the evening. The mascots for the Saints and Pelicans, Gumbo and Pierre, also got in on the fun, dancing with Dopsie and audience members.
Louisiana’s two major professional sports teams, the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA and Saints of the NFL provided fun opportunities for the younger set. Youngsters could try their hoop skills on several basketball goals set up by the Pelicans while the Saints had a fun quarterback simulator in which children could demonstrate their passing skills. Vendors along the riverbank served up food and drinks to hungry festivalgoers.
The 2022 LSHOF Induction Class was introduced to the city during a break in the concert. The 2022 Miss Louisiana, LA Tech senior Gracie Reichman of Colfax, was also introduced. After the 2022 LSHOF induction class was presented, festivalgoers were treated to fireworks over the Cane River, always a treat. After the fireworks, the event concluded with some more superb music from Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters.