(ARNAUDVILLE, La)The TECHE Project, Leave No Trace, Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Bayou Teche Brewery are joining to produce the fall Trash Bash and Boogie, Halloween Edition, at the brewery in Arnaudville, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 31.
It’s a free event – although donations are welcome – mixing entertainment, refreshments and elbow grease for the purpose of beautifying Bayou Teche.
The scenic and popular Bayou Teche Paddle Trail has experienced an increase in trail users in recent years. Impacts of excessive trash and invasive species along the waterway are a primary concern for the environment and burgeoning low-impact recreation economy. The TECHE Project volunteer organization has worked to remove over 50 tons of garbage and invasive species since 2009. In January of 2015 the Bayou Teche was designated as a National Water Trail under the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service.
“As the mangers of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, we are thrilled to work with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to engage our community about responsible outdoor recreation on Bayou Teche,” said Dane Thibodeaux, Bayou Operations coordinator the TECHE Project.
“Working with the national leader in outdoor ethics and education highlights the importance of a National Water Trail in our community and our economy,” Thibodeaux said.
Operating from Bayou Teche Brewery, 1106 Bushville Hwy, volunteers will clean up the bayou from 9 a.m. to around 12:30 p.m. The first 50 volunteers who show up will receive a free T-shirt and all volunteers will receive a free lunch and two free drinks of choice.
The TECHE Project will provide canoes, gloves, trash pickers, and water. Motorized boats should use the Leonville Boat Launch.
Volunteers will return the brewery at the end of the cleanup to join the kayak demonstrations, paddle workshops 1-3 p.m. Experience multiple kayaks, canoes, and SUPs with Pack and Paddle and learn proper techniques plus paddle safety with Cajun Paddle.
Live music will be provided by Diego Martin-Perez, 10 a.m.-noon; Spencer Nezat, noon-3 p.m.; and Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express, 3-6 p.m.
Prizes will be given for the Spookiest Trash pulled out of the bayou and Most Original Costume.
For more information, contact Dane Thibodeaux (337) 654-3012, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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