The Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville invites the public to a Spring celebration for the whole family on Saturday, March 25. The day will include a hands-on natural egg dyeing demonstrations, a basket decorating station, a prettiest egg contest, a pâquer tournament, face painting, sweet dough pie cooking demonstrations, spoon races and historical games as well as a Cajun jam. See below for a timeline of events and more details.
Timeline of Easter Events
10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Natural Egg Dyeing Demonstrations
12:00 p.m. Alexander Caldwell gives talk on Faberge Eggs
12: 45 p.m. Prettiest Egg Contest
1:00 p.m. Pâquer Tournament
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 .m. Cajun Jam
Admission is $5 per person and free for children under 3. Vermilionville members receive $1 off the cost of admission. For more information visit the calendar of events at Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077.
Traditional Dyeing over an Open Hearth and Natural Egg Dyeing Demonstration
The festivities begin with a traditional dyeing demonstration beginning at 10 a.m. in the cooking school. There will be an opportunity for parents and children to try and dye their own eggs with natural ingredients. Families can learn about natural dyeing techniques that were used before modern day food coloring was around. Children will be able to decorate their own eggs for the afternoon competition; all decorating items will be provided.
Prettiest Egg Contest & Pâquer Tournament
At 12:45 p.m. participants can enter their freshly decorated eggs in Vermilionville’s prettiest egg contest followed by a pâquer tournament at 1:00 p.m. In addition to bragging rights, the winners of the prettiest egg contest will receive a Faberge egg donated by Alexander Caldwell, and the winners of the pâquer contest will receive a spalted egg trophy hand-carved by Cliff Mire. For more information of the history of pâqueing, contests rules and much more visit the events calendar at Vermilionville.org.
The weekly Cajun jam at Vermilionville will be providing the musical backdrop for the celebrations from 1 – 3:00 p.m. The free jam held in Vermilionville’s Performance Center is open to all skill levels-beginner to professional. For more information on the jam hosts visit the calendar of events at Vermilionville.org. Special thanks to the Cajun French Music Association for sponsoring Vermilionville’s weekly jams!