Hundreds head out to annual Gueydan Duck Festival

The duck capitol of America celebrated its culture this weekend with music, rides, and of course good food.

Hundreds came out to the 39th Annual Gueydan Duck Festival this weekend. Festival goers were able to sample different duck dishes, shoot skeet, and participate in a duck and goose call competition.

Darrel Herbert says this year, he and his son used the cook-off for some family competition. “I told him last year I’m going to let you win but I said I’m going to kick yalls behind next year. I think I’m going to give him a run for his money.”

Miss Gueydan Duck Festival Queen, Emily Ogea says she fell in love with the festival when she was a little girl. “This is right in the heart of sportsmen’s paradise. It’s Cajun country so I think it’s just a celebration of what everyone around here grew up doing. It’s tradition for us, it’s a passion for us.” Ogea says the festival holds a special place in her heart. “It’s a very special place here, a very tight knit community. It feels like family and people come from all over the place just for this festival.”

The celebration began on Thursday, August 28th and events wrapped up Sunday evening.

Herbert says he looks forward to attending the festival each year. “It’s the start of the hunting season, that’s why I like it so much. And I hope it continues over here. It’s a great deal, it’s a great activity.”

The city of Gueydan is the central flyway for ducks during migrating season.

According to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the 2015 duck season officially begins on November 7th.

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