We all recognize Memorial Day Weekend as the signal to officially get summer underway, and once the excitement of the 4th of July passes, we're here in a kind of the summer doldrums. The hot sweltering day after day of afternoon thunderstorms takes their toll on the electric bills and noisy kids are in the house as summer grinds on. Many are already looking forward to the first fall cool front and those crisp chilly mornings of late September and early October.

The event that signals the beginning of the fall season for me, is now in sight on the horizon. The Marshland Festival returns to the Lake Charles Civic Center, July 27-28 with both kinds of live music, Zydeco, and Cajun plus a little Swamp Pop here and there along with arts and crafts booths, tasty food, and exhibits.

As much as Memorial Day signals the beginnings of summer, The Marshland Fest signals the coming of Friday Night Football, Halloween and the rest in the annual rhythm of our lives.

The festival is 28 years old this year, it was born on Friday, July 16th, 1990 with the downbeat of the Rhythm Kings Dance at Hackberry High School, and has steadily grown.

This year the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has honored the festival as a 2018 Top 20 Event for the month of July. Organizers say the fest helps raise money for schools and church organizations in and around Hackberry. The festival is a non-profit event primarily focused on helping area youth.

The 2018 Marshland Festival gets underway Friday, July 27th at 6 PM ending at midnight the next day.

Bring on the Marshland Festival, bring on the fall, bring on cooler weather.

For more details, see the Marshland Festival website here.