The  Canoe Festival

Allen Parish - Oberlin, Louisiana

The  Canoe Festival

Click the link below to download the Canoe Festival Cook-Off Application



3rd Annual

Sauce Piquant & Jambalaya



Allen Parish Fair Grounds
Oberlin, LA
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rules and Regulations (please read carefully):



  • $30.00 Entry Fee per team. Registrations will be accepted at the gate with a $10 late fee.



  • Teams can begin check‐in at 9 am. Once checkedin, cooking can start



  • Each team can consist of 1‐4 contestants. THIS MEANS NO MORE THAN FOUR AROUND YOUR AREA!



  • Each team will be given four bracelets at check-in; each team member must have a bracelet to be permitted around the cooking area, if a person does not have a bracelet they will be asked to leave.



  • Each team must supply all ingredients, utensils, tables, and portable burners for cooking, and any other equipment that you will need



  • Each team must provide necessary quantity of cooked rice for serving. There is a limited supply of power to run rice pots so you are allowed to bring rice already cooked. We will not supply electricity, generators are welcome!



  • The food must be cooked from scratch within the time allowed, on site.



  • Cooks must prepare enough for 10 people (minimum). 



  • Teams must keep areas clean during event and are responsible for cleaning their own cooking areas at end of event.


Prizes will be awarded for: 1st – 3rd Best Jambalaya, 1st – 3rd Best Sauce Piquant, Best Decorated Booth, Most Cajun Booth, Most Creative Team.










In 2012, an Oberlin High School senior, with a passion for public service and the desire to bring people together, realized a longtime dream: a new festival for Allen Parish. Along with a few dedicated volunteers, Matthew Hebert founded the Allen Parish Canoe Festival, which is preparing to celebrate its fourth year on April 24-25, 2015. One of the Executive Board’s goals has always been to offer a scholarship to other Allen Parish High School seniors with a deep commitment to community service. This year, the Board will award a one-time scholarship in the amount of $200 to a deserving 2015 graduate of an Allen Parish public high school.


To provide financial assistance to a student with an interest in pursuing continuing education in any field, and who has made significant contributions to their community through public service.


Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for scholarship. The candidate:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a public Allen Parish high school, with Senior classification;
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Must be involved in community service activities; and
  • Must plan to enroll in an accredited 4-year university, community college, or technical school​


​Application materials must be received by April 1, 2015, in order to be considered. The following materials should be submitted to your high school counselor, or emailed to :

  • Completed application form
  • Typed essay (500 words, double-spaced) addressing the following topic:
    • ​​​Discuss the importance of citizens being actively involved in their societies through public service. Give examples of your own community service activities, with an emphasis on how your actions made a positive impact on the community.
  • One letter of reference from a teacher, sponsor, or other adult. The adult must not be an immediate relative, and cannot be currently affiliated with the Allen Parish Canoe Festival.
  • Copy of high school transcript


​​Recipients will be selected by a committee appointed by the Allen Parish Canoe Festival Executive Board. The decision will be made based on application materials provided. The winner will be notified before April 24, 2015. The scholarship will be presented at the student's high school graduation ceremony, and a check will be issued upon receipt of verified enrollment in an accredited 4-year university, community college, or technical school.


​If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Brittany Manuel at (337)389-9077 or email . Applications may be emailed or faxed to (337)639-2508.


Click the link below to download the Canoe Festival SCHOLARSHIP Application