Residents enjoy music, shopping at Denham Springs festival _lowres

Advocate staff photo by file ANGELA MAJOR -- Festival-goers walk by booths during the 2014 annual Spring Festival in Denham Springs.

Booth space for the Denham Springs Antique Village Spring Festival has been sold out since February, said Kim Bye, who runs the Theatre Antiques Mall on 228 North Range Ave., in Denham Springs.

The April 25 festival will include vendors of a variety of crafts and arts in the village from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Pretty much anything you can think of, we’ll probably have it. There’ll be over 150 vendors along the old downtown Denham Springs, from Train Station Park to Centerville and Range Avenue,” Bye said.

The Mattie Street area — “We’re calling it Art Avenue,” will include original artwork for sale, she said.

“We’re excited this year,” she said, adding that it is the first year they have partnered with Pelican State Credit Union with organizing the festival. They have long sponsored the event, she said, but this year, the employees there took on a larger role in putting the festival together, and that promises to make the festival bigger and better.

“It’s been a big help,” Bye said.

Come hungry, come ready to be entertained, and come ready to shop, she said, because there will be something for everyone of all ages.

The fire department’s smoke house will be on hand, along with carnival style rides, bands, the Sheriff’s Office Mobile Unit, World War II reenactment actors in costume, and Venessa, the Louisiana Mermaid, who represents the tourism office in Livingston Parish.

Local and regional artists and craftsmen, offering a wide range of items including everything from furniture to collectibles, country, folk art, rugs, jewelry, glass, textiles, pottery, garden, architectural antiques and much more.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be out to promote pet adoption, she said, with some animals available for adoption.

Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or use provided seating. Live stage entertainment is scheduled for all day at Train Station Park and the Centerville Stage.

For more information, visit denhamspringsantiquedistrict.com or call (225) 931-0704 or (225) 933-3221. Admission is free.