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The merry-go-round is one of 16 rides that will be available, starting tonight.

Cattle Festival gets underway Thursday

The 71st Annual Louisiana Cattle Festival begins tonight at the Red Barn in Abbeville.
The Cattle Festival is in its second year at the Red Barn on Rodeo Road. For 69 years, the festival’s activities such as music and festival rides were held in downtown Abbeville.
Last year the festival moved everything to the Red Barn and began charging $5 to enter the festival grounds to listen to the music entertainment.

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Chris Herpin

Chris Herpin honored as Cattleman of Year

Chris Herpin has been named Cattleman of the Year for the 71st Louisiana Cattle Festival.
The Cattle Festival will be held Oct. 10-13 in Abbeville.
Growing up, Herpin had always been interested in the cattle industry. Working cattle with family and friends has always been a passion of his. After high school, Herpin joined the army.
“After being away in the army for several years,” Herpin said, “I came home and eventually started the Chris Herpin Trucking Company, which I owned for about 15 years.”

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Jamie Vallery

Abbeville Police arrest man in connection to August homicide

​As part of an ongoing investigation, detectives with the Abbeville Police Department were able to secure an arrest warrant against Jamie Vallery of Abbeville for a crime related to the homicide of Jacoby Lee of Abbeville on Aug. 21.
Vallery was arrested on Oct. 7, 2019. Vallery has been charged with Accessory to 2nd Degree Murder for the homicide of Jacoby Lee of Abbeville on Aug. 21. Vallery was transported to the Vermilion Parish Correctional center, where his bond has been set at $500,000.

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Christopher Broussard is the Junior Cattleman of the Year.

Christopher Broussard named Junior Cattleman

Christopher Broussard, son of Timothy and Gwen Broussard, has been named Junior Cattleman for the 2019 Louisiana Cattle Festival.
The Cattle Festival will be held in Abbeville on Oct. 10-13.
Broussard is a 10th grade student at Abbeville High School. He is the youngest child of seven. His siblings are Jared, Nicholas, Leah, Britney, Marcus, and Annemarie. His hobbies are researching cattle production, marketing beef, raising and showing cows. You might have guessed it, he lives on a farm.

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Major Robby J Sonnier, pictured with his late wife, Ann, will be
honored as Cattle Festival Veteran of the Year.

Cattle Festival honors Major Robby J. Sonnier Veteran of Year

The 71st Annual Louisiana Cattle Festival is honoring Maj. Robby J. Sonnier as Veteran of the Year.
Sonnier served 21 years in the United States Army, from 1957 to ‘78.
The Cattle Festival will be held in Abbeville on Oct. 10-13.

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