The inaugural event will be held at the former Oaklawn Sugar Mill property with gates opening at 10 a.m. The property is on the Oaklawn Bridge Approach Road at its intersection with La. 87.
Brittany’s Project is named after the daughter of Bruce and Sandra Saucier, event coordinators and donors of the property. The Sauciers have plans for a facility for individuals with disabilities to provide recreation, support and social venues.
Visitors get in for free, just bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.
Opening ceremonies are set for 10 a.m., followed by many activities and events throughout the day.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Danny Crochet and the Cajun Ramblers will be playing, and there’ll be line dancing performances, lawn and garden sled pulls and races.
Starting at 1 p.m. the Full Force Dance Team will perform, as well as K9 dog show performances throughout the day. Storyteller Clint Robin will be at the Kids’ Tent. Rat Rod races will be held and vehicle “burnouts.”
The Cross 180 Christian rock band with John Malloy plays at 2 p.m.
At 3 p.m. the “Cruise for the Cause” trip begins, leaving the Oaklawn property down La. 87 to the Bayou Teche Bridge at Charenton and crossing over. They’ll take a right there, through the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana reservation, to Ralph Darden Memorial Parkway and then east on La. 182 through Baldwin and back to Franklin. After passing along Main Street the convoy will turn around at Alice C. Plantation and return to the event site. More details available the day of the cruise.
Registration for the vehicle show begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. The actual show begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
Awards for participants in the show include Best GM, Ford and Mopar; best of show – driven; best of show – trailered; best unfinished – 50 percent primer; first, second and third place in tractors as well as in motorcycles; special interest; farthest distance traveled to attend the show and car club participation.
Also set are raffles, silent auctions and door prizes, with presentations beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Buyers of “50/50” tickets will split the total pot of proceeds with Brittany’s Project.
Savoie Hotel plays at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Southern Madu at 8:30 p.m.
Josh Walters and the Kicking-N-The-Sticks band plays at 11:30 p.m. followed by Nasty Trixx and local entertainers from 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Door prizes include a mini-vacation to Kentucky Horse Park and two nights stay at the Fairfield Inn Suites in Lexington, Kentucky. Car show recipients receive one free ticket for the drawing, and anyone purchasing food will receive a ticket for every $10 they spend.
Silent auction items include a Jeff Hiles wooden rocker and glider, a Cajun cypress wooden ice chest, cypress chest, wooden flower pot, a print of downtown Franklin with the classic lamps illuminated, a quilt and much more.
Theo Verrette is cooking jambalaya, the Franklin Masons are cooking pulled pork, nachos, boudin, hot links and chili corn chips and Clark Lee will be fixing up a batch of cracklins.
There’ll be food vendors, games, rides for the kids, helicopter rides, craft vendors and music.
At dusk a bonfire will be ignited by a flame-throwing “Rat Rod” to illuminate a gathering under the oaks until 1:30 a.m.
For more information, visit www.brittanysproject.org or the project’s Facebook page.
Sponsors are Beacon Machine Services, S&S Consulting Group, Sonic America’s Drive In, Franklin Masonic Lodge, LaVille Airboats, SoCo Oilfield Services, KC3 Electric, Photo Express, Cabot Corporation, Columbian Chemicals, Coastal Spray Foam Insulation, Franklin Small Engines, St Mary Woodworks, AAA Seafood, T-Shirts & Treasures, Bairds Bakeries, Argus Spa, Himels Auto Parts, Franklin Porta Potties, Mark Tool & Rubber, Acadiane Renovations, Banner-Tribune, Acadiane Bottling Company, Gulfland Office Supplies, Delta Printing, Tyler Cycles, Roberts Used Auto’s & Kustom Collision, Dominoes Pizza, Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Police, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Women, D&R Rentals dba Four Seasons, Loco’s Cantina and Grill, Mr. Lester’s Steakhouse, Cypress Bayou Casino, Raintree Market, Miller’s Market and Landry’s Seafood and Steakhouse.