GONZALES — Final touches were being put on the main stage Friday for Flambeau Festival set for this weekend at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center as event organizers and parish officials tried to assure the public that Hurricane Nate would not ruin their plans for the country music festival.
After attempting to dash security concerns earlier in the week following the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, festival organizers and the Sheriff's Office said Friday the concert would go on despite the threat of a hurricane.
"This is going to be a phenomenal concert event with multiple stages," said Mark Miller, with PI Entertainment at a Friday news conference.
Miller said he has been putting "the Cajun gris-gris as best I can on that Nate down there."
"We have the A-list artists we've always dreamed of and with everyone's help behind me, we're going to pull this off, and it's going to be phenomenal," Miller said.
Rick Webre, director of the parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said that "because the system has taken an eastern track this morning, it seems like the weather is going to be conducive to a safe operation for the festival this weekend."
"Of course, we're always going to remain vigilant," he said.
In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting at a country music event there on Sunday, extra security precautions were being taken at the festival at Lamar-Dixon.
Organizers of the event and the Sheriff's Office met Monday to discuss security after the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 59 dead, including the shooter.
"Clearly we had the bar raised last week," Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said, referring to the mass shootings at a concert in Las Vegas Sunday. "We are determined and guaranteeing you the safest venue that you could have," he said.
The inaugural Flambeau Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Ascension Fields at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The headliners include country music stars Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Blackberry Smoke and Jacob Davis.