It is with a great deal of sadness that we must report to you that
the committee of volunteers that have given so much of their lives to put on a family oriented
festival for the past 25 years, has made the most difficult decision to suspend the Festival for
Our Festival’s purpose was to help fund the Cypress Sawmill Museum and to provide good
wholesome family fun for the citizens of the Tri City Area. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has
bombarded our fun for the last three years with rainouts leading to severely decreasing
revenues. We have not been able to provide a ny resources to the museum
for several years
That, along with an economy in our Parish that is in severe decline and an apathetic society that
is unwilling to volunteer to help, we have had to make this most difficult decision. We sincerely wish to thank the many donors and volunteers that have made our Festival a success for so many years.
There are many that have worked hundreds of hours without recognition for many years and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We encourage you to visit the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum
and to support the museum with your kind donations through its various fundraisers.
The future is bright and no one knows exactly what it will bring. If our economy blooms once
again and volunteers come forward, perhaps there will be a time and place to resurrect our
God Bless You, Our Festival, St. Mary Parish, the State of Louisiana
and the United States of America.
Cypress Sawmill Festival History
In 1990, David Bourdier founded the Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival to raise money to help build a museum. The first festival was held in 1991 at Kemper Williams Park. Carol Vinning, Frank Guarisco, Charles Campbell, Derrick Jennings, C.C. Stewart, and Greg Price were the first festival volunteers.
Cypress Sawmill FestivalThe Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival is an annual event held in April at Kemper Williams Park in Patterson, LA, with attendance estimated at about 35,000 for a three-day event. The festival is truly a family oriented and community event. It consists of a midway with amusement rides and games, arts and crafts show, car show, poker run, fun walk, gumbo cook-off, softball tournament, fishing tournament, golf tournament, petting zoo, old engine display, RV camping, lumber jack show, musical entertainment, passe partout contest, and much more.
The proceeds from the festival go to the building fund for the new Louisiana State Museum-Patterson. The museum and construction began in February 2004 and opened for business December 2005. The Museum features Wendell Williams Aviation Collection and the Cypress Sawmill Collection.