Registration begins Sept. 1 for the third annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade.

The event starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 with a festival at Vermilionville, with displays of antique boats, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, kids crafts, music and boat tours.

Paddlers in the boat parade depart about 2 p.m., traveling down the bayou over the course of the afternoon to the Camellia Bridge, where live music, food and drinks await.

Last year’s event attracted about 200 boats, including canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Paddle lessons will be offered at Vermilionville on Saturdays leading up to the boat parade.

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A night of Louisiana politics

Lt. Gov Jay Dardenne, state Sen. Fred Mills and state Rep. Taylor Barras will tell tales of Louisiana politics at a fundraiser for the Iberia Preservation Alliance.

“An Entertaining Evening of Louisiana Politics” is set for Sept. 10 at the Sugar Cane Festival Building in New Iberia, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $50 per person.

Proceeds benefit the Iberia Preservation Alliance’s “New Iberia Beneath the Balconies” event.

For information and tickets, call (337) 658-9746.

Beer fest set for October

The Acadiana Center for the Arts’ Gulf Brew beer festival fundraiser is set for Oct. 18 at Parc International in downtown Lafayette.

The festival will offer more than 100 varieties of beer, as well as music and food.

General admission tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate.

Premium and VIP tickets also are available.

A limited amount of discounted advance tickets are available for $25 beginning this week.

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Reading volunteers

The United Way of Acadiana is seeking volunteers for a program to read to kids in need of academic help.

Training sessions begin this week in Lafayette and Acadia parishes.

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Back-to-school bash

Sugar Mill Pond’s annual back-to-school bash is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Youngsville subdivision.

Activities include water slides, arts and crafts, and a dunking booth.

Admission is one school supply per person.

Submit items to Acadiana bureau chief Richard Burgess at rburgess@the or by fax to (337) 269-0410.