Louisiana Travel | Cruisin Cajun Country Cruise In BY: Celine Alis

Classic and muscle cars will roll through Iberia Parish for the 5thannual Cruisin Cajun Country Cruise In to be held May 16 – 18, 2013. Participants will experience the area’s hottest attractions, the award-winning Main Street historic district, food and live music, while spectators will enjoy free car shows and entertainment.

“We want the participants to enjoy the Cajun life as much as we do,” said John Chauvin, president of Cruisin Cajun Country. “Participating in a classic or antique vehicle is an exceptional way to learn the Cajun culture and history, and experience the friendliness of the locals.”

On Thursday, registration will open at 10 a.m. at the Super 8 Hotel in New Iberia (2714 Hwy. 14). The drivers will leave at 1 p.m. for Oak Lawn Manor, Gov. Mike Foster’s antebellum home in Franklin. ($5 admission). They will return to New Iberia at 4 p.m. to show off their rides at Musson Patout Automotive Group (300 Hwy. 90 W  Frontage Rd.) and enjoy food, drinks and music. The public will be welcome to view the registered street rods, and classic and muscle cars (no admission).

On Friday, the group will cruise through St. Martin Parish. They will have lunch at Clambeaugh’s in St. Martinville and visit the Evangeline Oak, St. Martin Square, Duchamp Opera House, Acadian Memorial, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site and Belle Ecorce Goat Farm. In and around Breaux Bridge they will tour antique shops, the historic district and Bayou Teche Brewing. They will hold a car show open for viewing to the public from 2 – 4 p.m. at J.P. Thibodeaux Nissan – Honda in New Iberia (2417 Hwy. 90 W). Trophies will be awarded. The public is also invited to listen to Swamp Pop legend, T. K. Hulin, at Bouligny Plaza from 6 – 9 p.m. (no admission for car show and entertainment). Dinner will be served to registered participants.

On Saturday, drivers will meet at Erath Park in Erath for lunch, music and drinks. An extensive private car and boat collection will also be open for viewing on Highway 14 in Abbeville (just past the Abbeville airport). Cruisers will visit Jefferson Island, Avery Island, Shadows-On-The-Teche, Bayou Teche Museum and KONRIKO® Company Store/Conrad Rice Mill in Iberia Parish. The public is invited to the closing ceremony at 5 p.m. at SugArena in New Iberia (713 NW Bypass), which will feature food, drinks and entertainment by the NaNaSha Band from 6 – 9 p.m. (no admission).

 “I would love to see the local public out enjoying the music and meeting the participants that have driven in from far and wide,” Chauvin said.

“Cruisin Cajun Country Cruise In provides a good time in Cajun country while raising money to support the local branch of Habitat for Humanity, which helps build homes for displaced families with children,” Chauvin said.

For more information, contact John Chauvin at 337-316-0932,

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