26th annual Sunshine Festival a big hit this past weekend

Allison B. Hudson
pictured is Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce Director Becky Katz, Kenny Frederic, who sponsored the Car Show, first place winner of the Car Show Douglas Ohmor, Nick and Kenny Jr., and Allison Hudson. Ohmor showed off his 1953 Ford Truck.

Every year for the past 25 years, the Donaldsonville area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the carnival held at the Louisiana Fairgrounds in Donaldsonville. Each year having something added or taken away, this year the Chamber added a Wildgame and Seafood Cookoff and a Car Show. Donaldsonville Glass and Body Shop sponsored the car show.

Residents every year enjoy carnival rides, great carnival food, and lots of prizes.

The festival, which began as a stock car race in Crescent Park, moved to Louisiana Square before finding a home at the South Louisiana State Fairgrounds.

The Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce sponsors this event yearly, in cooperation with the City of Donaldsonville, and is there only fundraiser of the year.

“It is the largest festival in Donaldsonville, and we hope to continue it as the years progress,” said Becky Katz, Executive Director of the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce.

Every year the carnival features traditional fair foods like homemade funnel cakes, cotton candy, and fresh-squeezed lemonade. The fair also featured booths with seafood and barbeque.

"Its all about the community," said Katz. "The festival gives all kids something to look forward to."

Katz said a lot of people work and helps to make the festival a reality for the Donaldsonville and surrounding areas.

Winners of the Cook off were Roland Landry, second place was Chris Bergeron, and third place was awarded to Robert Lemann.

The car show, which was a big hit amongst visitors, had numerous winners with only one taking home the big trophy. The top ten winners were: Jim Lee, 1967 Chevy Nova, Mike LEdet, 1957 Chevy Truck, William Clark, 1957 Chevy, Doug Brock, 1956 Chevy Bel-Air, Danny Bargas, 1940 Ford, Johnny and Kathleen Bagala, 1957 Cheverolet, Danny Frederic, 1934 Chevy Coupe, Roger Lambert, 1941 Plymouth, Gene Suelzle, 1932 Ford Pickup, and Douglas Ohmor with his 1953 Ford Truck. Best Interior was awarded to John and Kathleen Bagala, and Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Pain, and People’s Choice was awarded to Douglas Ohmor.

The Chamber hopes to expand for next year, making it bigger and better. The Chamber would also like to thank everyone who was instrumental in making this year’s festival a success.