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Gusher Days Festival to be held Saturday, May 5, in Oil City

Free, family-friendly event will feature food, children’s activities, fun competitions, live entertainment and more

OIL CITY, La. — The Gusher Days Festival will take place, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Earl G. Williamson Park, 11425 Highway 1 South in Oil City.

The festival will feature family-friendly fun such as arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, competitions, gun and archery shootout, live entertainment, and fishing tournament. New this year is a petting zoo featuring kangaroos, porcupines, ponies and more.

The Gusher Days Festival presents a unique, fun, engaging opportunity for festivalgoers to learn about Oil City’s heritage. Many look forward to the Gusher Days Festival’s classic fair food options such as barbecue, hot dogs, funnel cakes and more.

“Returning to this year’s festival is an all-time favorite, Mr. Happy. Mr. Happy is a food vendor known for his stuffed smoked chicken breast and Cajun cabbage,” said Tammy Hawks, festival organizer for Gusher Days Festival.

The Gusher Days Festival has several competitions leading up to the festival date which includes a gun and archery shootout, fishing tournament, beauty pageant, photography contest and a pet show.

The North Caddo Shooting Club will host the gun and archery shootout for ages 9 and up. Winning titles will be awarded in five different categories. Registration is $30, and begins at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is $25 and available online.

The fishing tournament will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 28, at Earl G. Williamson Park. The firstplace winner will receive $650, and participants that catch tagged fish will receive $50. Registration for the fishing tournament is $60 and starts at 5:30 a.m.

The Gusher Days Missy & Miss Pageant takes place, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, April 29, at North Caddo Elementary School in Vivian. Female contestants from ages 0-19 will compete for the title of Missy and Miss Gusher Days. Pageant categories include Baby Missy Gusher, Missy Driller, Missy Oil Well, and more. The cost is $40 and the deadline to register is April 21. Pageant winners will make their first appearance at the Gusher Days Festival.

The photography contest includes four different categories. Contestants will enter submissions by e-mail at gusherdays@ yahoo.com or drop off submissions at the Oil City Housing Authority Office, 126 North Dickey Ave. Winners will be announced at the festival.

There is no entry fee for the photography contest. Must be 5 years old and up to participate. The deadline for submissions is 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 2.

The pet show competition will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Earl G. Williamson Park. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

The pet categories include smallest, largest, prettiest, most handsome, most unique, best costume, best trick and more. Only one photo is allowed for submission. All pets must be contained or on a leash at all times.

For more information about the Gusher Days Festival and to enter competitions, visit www.gusherdaysfestival.com.

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