Lagniappe IV set for Saturday

Lagniappe is a French word meaning “something extra,” and that’s what visitors to the 4th Annual Lagniappe Festival in Mansura can expect this Saturday.The crafts festival is held at the Truex House, now called “Daisy” by owner Merrill Rush. The house is located at 1720 L’Eglise St. Rush said this year’s version of the event promises to be bigger and better than the previous three.The gate opens at 9 a.m. Tickets are $1 and also make the visitor eligible for drawings for door prizes.The Lagniappe Festival is intended to spotlight local artisans, craftsmen and producers. Booths will include Avoyelles Parish residents with specialities in plants, honey, sweets, jams, jellies, decorative items, girls dresses, goat milk products and more.In addition, Rush said this year’s festival will have a vendor who can sharpen dull knives.A food truck will be on site to sell concessions. And, one of the festival’s most popular offerings -- John Rogers’ beignets -- will also be available, Rush said.

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