On Saturday March 31st, the Bayou Country Children’s Museum in Thibodaux, LA hosted the 3rd annual Jackie Bartels Kids Conservation Festival. Mr. Benny Cenac, owner and CEO of Cenac Marine Services was proud to support the Coastal Conservation Association along with Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and Southern Signs and Designs for this annual event that we are now all celebrating the success of.
This event, which promotes outdoor fun and skills for families of all ages, provided a wide range of activities ranging from dog demos, duck calling, bait casting contests, wildlife ID, antler hunts and access to Bayou Country Children’s Museum all in one day.
“To be able to support this festival with organizations like Ducks Unlimited who is a world leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation, is exactly what we look for when sponsoring these local events. Not only are we supporting our youth to get outside, but we are also giving back to our local community and the things that are important to them”, stated Mr. Cenac.
This event, which started out with 300 people in attendance, has more than tripled in size over the last three years is expected to grow as the years go on!
In its first two years, the festival was originally named the “Kids Conservation Festival”. Then, future chairman of Louisiana Ducks Unlimited, Nick Lichenstein’s grandmother, Jackie Bartels, passed away. That is when the board members decided to change the name in her honor. According to an article written in the Times, “Jackie was an avid and accomplished hunter. She hunted big game around the globe and won the Safari Club Internationals’s Dianna Award fro her excellence in the sporting world. Not only was Jackie a great hunter but she was an outstanding member of Ducks Unlimited herself and spent her life answering the call to conserve wetlands and waterfowl.”
On behalf of Cenac Marine Services, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this years Kids Conservation Festival. To learn more about the fest and how you can help next year, visit their Facebook page.