From hot-air balloons to superb music, fireworks, motorcycles, and the iconic Natchitoches delicacy, the Natchitoches Meatpie Festival held September 16 and 17 offered something for everyone.
The Meatpie Festival, in its twentieth year, has long been a staple of the fall season in our community, offering family fun to one and all with no admission charge. In addition to the concerts, food, and inflatable structures for children to play in, this year’s festival also featured a pair of tethered hot air balloons that floated over the Cane River each evening during the festival.
Thousands of festivalgoers packed the downtown riverbank to listen to an eclectic range of entertainment, ranging from Elvis to Zydeco, a Credence Clearwater tribute band, the LaCour Trio and others. The festivities began with over 50 motorcyclists thundering down Front Street enjoying the Cane River Run. Saturday featured almost 12 solid hours of entertainment beginning with the FUMC Youth Band and culminating with one of Natchitoches’ signature fireworks shows.
The Meatpie Festival, in addition to being terrific fun, has a serious purpose. The festival’s proceeds assist organizations like the Boys & Girls Club, The Natchitoches Coalition on Homelessness, and others.