Black Bear Festival gets kicked off this weekend in Franklin

The 2017 Black Bear Festival will get kicked off this Friday in Franklin.  The event will feature many activities.  Below is a list of activities that will be featured.  You can also visit for more information on the festival.


2017 Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival Activities:

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts (Free Viewing Zone)

Date: Friday April 21st and Saturday April 22nd 2017
Location: Along the beautiful Bayou Teche , Franklin – on Teche Drive
Time: Friday, 6:00pm – 11:00, Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Contact: Catherine Siracusa
(337) 828-4100 Ext. 371

2017 Arts and Crafts Application

2017 Commercial Merchandise Vendor Application

BEARS: Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service

The BEARS special event station will be held under the
Parc Sur la Teche pavilion along the Bayou Teche.

The station will be in operation Saturday, April 22nd from 10am to 5 pm.

Bear Raffle

Giant Stuffed bear (toy)

Bear Raffle winner announced on Saturday April 22nd before the fireworks


$1.00 per chance

Contact: Catherine Siracusa
(337) 828-4100 Ext. 371


Motorized Boat Trips into the Bayou Teche Wildlife Refuge
(Free  – However you Must Register)
Date: Saturday April 22nd, 2017
Registration Location: US Fish & Wildlife Service Tent near Blevins’s building
Time: 8:30, 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, & 2:30
Guided tours of the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. Guided by US Fish & Wildlife Service & Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge.
Advanced reservations required, groups will be limited in size for optimal viewing experience.
Please register early at the tent as trips fill quickly. Additional information also available at the US Fish & Wildlife Service Tent.
Trips may be cancelled due to weather.
Hiking, birding and wildlife viewing information on the refuge is available at

Contact: Donovan Garcia


Black Bear Obstacle Course

Sponsored by Black Bear Conflict Office
Go through a year in the life, learning food and denning habits of bears in Louisiana

Date: Saturday April 22nd
Location: Blevins Building Willow Street, Franklin, Louisiana
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Contact: Catherine Siracusa
(337) 828-4100 Ext. 371


Kayak & Canoe Adventures
Saturday April 22nd
Join The Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge
on a Paddling Adventure into the beautiful Bayou Teche Refuge

Enjoy learning about the wildlife of the refuge in this guided, easy pace paddle that is suited for beginners or families.
For information on these paddles click on the event tab at

See the website for registration form or for more information contact:
Donovan Garcia


Feeding Grounds (Commercial Food)

Date: Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd
Location: Teche Drive, Franklin, Louisiana
Time: Friday 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Saturday 10 am – 11:00 pm

2017 (Commercial Food) Vendor Application

Contact: Catherine Siracusa
(337) 828-4100 Ext. 371


Fireworks on the Bayou Teche

Date: Saturday April 22nd
Location: On the beautiful Bayou Teche behind the Blevin’s Building
Time: 8:00 pm


Fun Zone

Rides, bungee jump
Location: Teche Drive
Time: Friday, 5:00 pm- 11:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am-11:00 pm

Running of the Bears 5K Run/Walk

Hosted by: Teche Action Clinic
Date: Saturday April 22nd.
Start Time: 8:00am (Runners and walkers)
Location:Courthouse Square Downtown Franklin
$20.00 Pre-registration fee by April 17th (includes t-shirt)
$25.00 Day of event (t-shirt is not guaranteed)
$5.00 School Teams (Per student / No T-shirt)
$15.00 No t-shirt entry
Day of Event Registration beginning at 7:30am

Contact: Diane Freeman  337-828-2550  ext.2126

2017 Running of the Bears Entry Form



Festival shirts, posters and more will be sold each festival day.
Festival Merchandise


Teddy Bear and Friends Repair Clinic (Free Zone)

Sit in our waiting room located in the Cub Club Arena located in the Blevin’s Building , while Dr. Tesi and her surgery staff repair your favorite stuffed animals no matter what type. We’ve saved several snakes last year, a couple of elephants, a giraffe, and a few bears. Our staff extends utmost pride to provide your loved ones with gentle care and loving hands and it’s FREE.

Saturday 12:00 Noon – 5:00 pm



Fifth Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show

On Friday April 21st and Saturday April 22nd; view a collection of antique and newly built watercraft on display, all constructed of wood. Some will be plywood, but many will employ traditional boat buidling methods ranging in style from the Pacific Northwest to the bayous of Cajun Country. The exact number and type of boats on display is being assembled, but will include cypress-framed skiffs and bateaus, elegant yachts from yesteryear, cedar canoes or mahogany runabouts. These are beautiful, classic craft from days gone by, and can be seen on the bayouside near Teche Drive and Adams Street. The show begins at 6 p.m. Friday evening and and concludes at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Anyone interested in entering a boat, please contact:

Roger Stouff
or call 337-828-3706.