Webster has good showing at Bicentennial Celebration
Representatives of Webster Parish were "best of show" at Bicentennial Family Homecoming Celebration on April 28 in Baton Rouge, according to WP Convention and Visitors' Bureau executive director Lynn Dorsey.
"We had a terrific group of people that went down and represented us, as well as Shreveport/ Bossier, Monroe and Ruston. We were all put in a Sportsman's Paradise area," she said.
Local residents celebrated Webster by telling stories of its history, displaying its beauty through art and showcasing its historical venues and outdoor adventures.
Ejay Colvin chronicled Webster's earliest known inhabitants, the Caddo Indians. Parish historian John Agan told the story of the Germantown Colony settlers. Jackie Tripp Lewis shared the history of the parish's Scottish settlers.
Local artist Larry Milford featured his fish sculptures and prints and Christine Carrier featured her photographs of Lake Bistineau and Bayou Dorcheat.
Downtown Development Director Pattie Odom and Dorsey also promoted local events such as the Fasching Festival and Holiday Trail of Lights.
Dorsey said local leaders offered a helping hand as well.
"Representative Gene Reynolds drove back to Baton Rouge on Friday (April 27) after the Elected Officials Breakfast in Minden to be our guest. That evening, he offered to assist set-up Saturday morning at the Capitol grounds. He also guarded our exhibits while we returned to the hotel to put on our costumes," she said.
"Police juror Charlie Odom was also of great help with transporting, setting up and breaking down of all our tents and exhibits on Saturday."
Pattie Odom expressed her satisfaction with Webster's showing at the event during May's police jury meeting.
"We did have a great time and great representation for Webster Parish at the bicentennial event," Odom said. "I think that Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne definitely noticed our group and the effort we put into making an event that was important to him and made the state of Louisiana special."
Dorsey is rounding out Tourism Awareness Week this week, and will continue to work with Louisiana Office of Tourism to promote all parish cultural and historical events throughout the bicentennial year.
She echoed Odom's sentiment and wanted to thank all involved.
"It took so many people working together to make Webster Parish the best of show," she said. "I guess that is why Webster Parish is so special. We have such devoted people who are proud to promote the wonderful things our parish has to offer the visitor."