The Gulf Coast Marketplace, a virtual festival supporting artists and craftsmen in Louisiana, will participate as an exhibitor at the “Thibodeauxville Fall Festival“ next Saturday, November 12th in downtown Thibodaux. The Gulf Coast Marketplace booth will feature handmade items for sale from its participating vendors and opportunities for artists to sign up to participate in the virtual marketplace.
Thibodeauxville originated in 1992 in an effort to reacquaint the community with Thibodaux’s beautiful historic downtown area. Since its inception, Thibodeauxville has grown from 13 arts, crafts, and food vendors and a few hundred festival goers to 180 vendors and 15,000 visitors!
The arts, crafts, and music festival is held on the second Saturday of November each year and attracts visitors from as far away as Florida.
The mission of the Gulf Coast Marketplace is to contribute to community recovery by providing opportunities for economic growth and financial independence to individuals and families, especially those impacted by disaster. Developed by Options for Independence with support from an advisory panel of Louisiana economic development, government and business leaders, the Gulf Coast Marketplace is as an online marketplace for hand-crafted products and services.
In addition to the original arts and crafts and delicious Cajun food, Thibodeauxville now features several stages of continuous live musical entertainment. Local entertainers are featured as well as regionally known musical artists. Local residents as well as thousands of visitors to the city attend the festival. Charge no admission fee.
The festival opens at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Participants enjoy a variety of activities for the entire family, including our famous “Thibodeauxville Duck Race” in beautiful Bayou Lafourche and a car show featuring hot rods, trucks, antique vehicles, and more.
Plan to participate in Thibodeauxville Fall Festival on Saturday, November 12, 2011…just in time for bringing in the holiday season and shoppers
For more information, please contact rhonda@ThibodauxChamber.com.
“While the BP spill might have been the catalyst to get the Gulf Coast Marketplace started, I think it’s an idea we’re going to see a lot more of in the coming years. As the world continues to become more globally focused, I believe that consumers are becoming increasingly ‘village conscious’, trying to make decisions that will benefit the areas closest to where they live. The Gulf Coast Marketplace allows consumers to make specific, locally-beneficial decisions that will in-turn help them to preserve much of what they love about the region in which they live. Additionally, the Gulf Coast Marketplace gives local artisans the opportunity to do something that big, mega corporations can’t do. They can give their products a face. And the face is their own. When you buy a product from the Gulf Coast Marketplace, you know you are making a one-to-one deal that directly benefits the person from whom you are buying it,” — Fred Peer, CEO, N.O. Brew