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2019 LIHA Pow Wow

November 16-17, 2019

Join us for the 53rd Annual LIHA Powwow on November 16-17,  2019 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, Louisiana. The Louisiana Indian Heritage Association invites you to experience the color and excitement of Intertribal and Gourd Dancing, singing, art and crafts vendors, food, and culture.

Donation: Adults $5
Children 10 & Under FREE with Paid Adult
LIHA Members & Military/First Responders w/ ID —FREE!
(Dancers/Singers/Participant Pass Available)

LIHA Pow Wow Schedule
Gourd Dancing – 12:00 Noon
Grand Entry – 1:30 p.m.
Gourd Dancing – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Entry – 7:30 p.m.
Gourd Dancing – 12:00 noon
Grand Entry – 1:30 p.m.

Head Staff
Head Singer:  To Be Announced
Head Gourd:   To Be Announced
Head Man:   To Be Announced
Head Lady:   To Be Announced
Master of Ceremonies:   To Be Announced
Arena Director:   To Be Announced

Straight Dance Contest: Payout for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places
Hand Drum Contest: $200 Winner Takes All
Potato Dance Contest: $100 Winner Takes All

DIRECTIONS: Take I-10 to Gonzales, LA. Exit I-10 at Exit
177—LA HWY 30; EXIT West (Towards Tanger Mall; Left
onto St. Landry Rd.
Address: 9039 St. Landry Rd, Gonzales, LA 70737

LIHA Pow Wow Location
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center
A great indoor facility for dancers and traders.
9039 St. Landry Rd.
Gonzales Louisiana 70737 U.S.A.

CONTACTS: Call 985-796-5433
ONSITE CAMPING: Lamar-Dixon Reservations; Call Mon-Fri 9a to 5pm; (225.621.1700) ask for Betty or Flo;
RV $25-30 amps / $35-50amps
Primitive/Tent $20 Weekend
HOST MOTEL: Clarion 225-647-8000
Mention La. Indian Heritage Group

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next LIHA Powwow at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, Louisiana on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

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Sunshine Festival

Save the Date!

November 22-24, 2019

Stay tuned for more details….

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Avenue Evening Stroll

November 23, 2019

Save the Date | Stay tuned for more details

Location: Railroad Ave, Donaldsonville

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Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Train

November 30, 2019

Where: Felix Avenue, Gonzales 

When: 4:00pm

It still may be summer, but it’s not too early for Kansas City Southern to roll out the 2019 schedule for its 19th annual Holiday Express train.

The six-car festive train will depart Nov. 27 from Shreveport, Louisiana, on this year’s tour, which will stop in 20 communities in five U.S. states on 25 dates. The route will end Dec. 22 at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

The train is part of KCS’ charitable programs. Over the past 18 years, the Class I’s holiday project has raised more than $2.1 million, which was donated to The Salvation Army at each scheduled stop to help provide warm clothing and other necessities for children in need.



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Gonzales Tree Lighting

December 3, 2019

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Christmas Movie Night

December 7, 2019

Hosted by: Volunteer Ascension

Location: Jambalaya Park Amphitheater

When: 5:00pm-9:00pm


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JFA Christmas Parade

December 8, 2019

Save the Date!


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Senior Citizen Christmas Party

December 10, 2019

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Helen Brett Holiday Market Jewelry & Merchandise Show

December 13-15, 2019








Lamar Dixon Expo Center

The Helen Brett Holiday Market (formerly Baton Rouge Jewelry and Merchandise Show) is a cash and carry show as well as order writing.

This popular southern market made its debut in 2005 and has continuously attracted 10,000 – 12,000 buyers and has 475 booths.

The Helen Brett Holiday Market (formerly Baton Rouge Jewelry and Merchandise Show), December 13-15, 2019, is being held at a NEW LOCATION – the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, Louisiana.



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December 14-15, 2019

Lamar Dixon Expo Center | Trademart

Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00 am)
Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)

As the population base in Eastern Louisiana has shifted north over the past few years, demand has grown for a Reptile Expo north of the New Orleans metro area. In July of 2010 Repticon met that demand with the debut of Repticon Baton Rouge! Hosted at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center just south of Baton Rouge and one hour north of New Orleans, Repticon Baton Rouge features an exciting mix of local vendors and top vendors from throughout the South. Get ready for great things as the ongoing ultimate Louisiana reptile experience continues!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Holiday Brass Symphony

December 22, 2019

Baton Rouge Symphony at Houmas House

Houmas House and Gardens | 4:30-6:00pm

The beautiful grounds of Houmas House and Gardens set the scene for a special edition of Holiday Brass. The Symphony brass and percussion players perform traditional holiday favorites, including some BRSO custom arrangements.

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Deep South Bayou Duals

December 27-28, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Bayou Duals Wrestling Tournament.

The Deep South Bayou Duals is one of the premier high school wrestling events in the region, and features some of the top teams from around the United States. Our goal is to offer participating teams plenty of quality matches as we constantly strive to bring in excellent competition and diverse styles of wrestling.  We also thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to expose our out of state friends to a little bit of Cajun Country.


Date: December 27th and 28th, 2019

Location:  Lamar Dixon Expo Center– 9039 S St Landry Ave, Gonzales, LA 70737

Format:  24 – 48 Team Dual Meet Tournament with Pools leading to Brackets on day 2.  Teams will be separated into pools on day one to determine bracket placement on day two. The top finishers from each pool will advance to the Championship Bracket. The bottom finishers will advance to a Consolation bracket. Between 8 and 10 Dual’s per team.

Times:   Weigh-ins begin at 7:30 am, wrestling starts at ~ 9:00 am, on both days.

Entry Fees:
Early Bird (before October 15th)  $300 entry fee, to be paid no later than October 15th.
Regular Entry (October 15th – December 1st)  $375 entry fee, to be paid no later than December 1st.
Late Registration (December 1st – Day of the event):  $450.00 entry fee paid no later than the day of the event.

Spectator Fees:
Spectator fees will be $15 each day.  Admission is free for children 8 years of age and younger.  Tickets available at the door.

Make Checks Payable to:
St. Amant Wrestling

Mail Checks to:
C/O Coach Brian Hess
St. Amant Wrestling
43184 Bayou Narcisse Rd.
Gonzales, LA 70737

School Address:

Awards:  Awards for the top 8 teams and Saturday Pool winners.   Lower & Upper OW awards.

Social:  The Bayou Duals Coaches Social is TBD. Location to be announced at a later time.

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2020 New Years Eve party with Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition

December 31, 2019

Y’all get your boogies shoes shined up. It’s time for our 4th annual 2020 New Years Eve party with Ryan Foret and Foret Tradition. It’s hard to believe this will be our 4th year. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. No tickets at the door!!! they can be purchased in person or on Camper spots are available through Lamar Dixon. I can’t wait to see how much money we raise for Anything Outdoors this year 🎊🥂🎷🎺💃🏼🕺🎸🍻🎊 please share

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Home & Remodeling Show with Ralph’s Markets Food Fest

January 25-26, 2019

The 4th annual Home & Remodeling Show with Ralph’s Markets Food Fest

The Home and Remodeling Show and Ralph’s Markets Food Fest is coming to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center (Exhibition Hall) January 25th & 26th.  The show will be open Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-5.  You can find admission coupons in the Advocate, The Weekly Citizen, Marketeer, and online.  Regular admission is 6.00 for adults, children 12 and under free.

The Home and Remodeling Show is the only Home & Garden Show in the Greater Baton Rouge area.  This highly anticipated event will feature the very best products and services for everything in your home, inside and out.  Innovative new products and ideas for everything in your home, the latest in kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, siding, and more.  Shop and compare the right products and the best prices for all your home improvement needs.  Find everything you need to turn your house into your dream home!

Plus, Ralph’s Markets Food Fest.  There will be free samples, tastings, coupons, and recipes from vendors sure to satisfy everyone’s appetite and experience, plus exciting new products from all your favorite supermarket brands.  Including Community Coffee, Boars Head, Tyson Foods and such many more.  Don’t forget about Ralph’s Famous King Cakes available for tasting!!! .

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