In April of 1914, Louisiana Governor Luther Hall issued a proclamation establishing the Village of Sulphur. Nearly 100 years later, a celebration is being planned for March 2014.
Executive Director of the West Calcasieau Chamber of Commerce Dianne Dronet told Sulphur Rotarians at their Wednesday meeting that the 100th year anniversary off Sulphur will be celebrated Thursday, March 13 through Sunday, March 16 of next year.
Dronet is Chairperson for the event. She said that some of the events already on the schedule include an old-fashion rodeo, a party for the oldest living Sulphur native and current resident, a parade with the theme "Then Until Now," a carnival with arts and crafts and a street dance. There will be gumbo, chili and jambalaya cookoffs. Events will be held at The Grove at Heritage Square and on surrounding streets. Rev. Larry LeFleur is organizing a Kid Zone which will have presentations on historical activities like weaving, making soap and shoeing horses.
The Henning House will present a slide show of Sulphur over the decades and a quilt with photos from the century will be raffled. Also, a time capsule will be opened.
The Sulphur Library will have historical displays throughout the month and the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will set aside an area of the hospital to display artwork from children who entered a poster contest for the anniversary.
Dronet said that given the lack of parking for an event of this size, she is hoping to enlist churches or businesses with buses to ferry people to and from events from other parking places. The celebration committee will be working with the Southwest Daily News to compile a memory book that will be published and sold at the event along with a commemorative coin and poster.
Dronet said that business are asked to sponsor floats for the parade. The theme of each float should reflect an entire decade from the 100 year period. Each float will cost about $300. "These will be big floats," she said. "Not a car with somebody dressed up like a president in it."
Dronet said that celebration is projected to cost about $150,000 and the committee is working to secure funding. Also, an additional $70,000 will be needed for bands. Dronet said the committee is trying to land the famous band Chicago.
There are eight committees beside the main planning one and the chairs of each are meeting once a month to prepare.