GIRARD — Cajun Fest started as a happy accident and it continues five years later.

A handful of music fans gathered with musician Waylon Thibodeaux, “Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler” for a dinner event.

There was left over money after the cost of the dinner, so the group decided to give the rest of the money to Girard School District for its scholarship fund. Since then, they have raised several thousand dollars.

One of the sponsors, John Lehman, said it the group decided to put on the event the following year to raise scholarship money for the USD 248 Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund.

“We’re excited this year, this fifth year and every year it gets bigger,” Lehman said.  

A new record of sponsors was set this year, Lehman said.

“It has far exceeded our expectations,” Lehman said. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support.”

Cajun Fest V will be on Saturday at the Crawford County Fairgrounds.

Authentic Cajun Cookin’ and Southern BBQ will be served starting at 5 p.m. until the food is gone. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Featured musicians are Thibodeaux, Cajun Blues Guitarist Josh Garrett and the Shane Duling Band.

Tickets cost $25. People can purchase tickets at First National Bank of Girard, GNBank in Girard, Arma and Pittsburg, Exchange Bank in Girard and St. Paul, Community National Bank in Girard, Pittsburg, Frontenac and Arma, and Farmers Bank in Walnut, Hepler and St. Paul.

Tickets can be purchased at the event on Saturday.

Cajun Fest is an all-weather event and people will need to bring their own lawn chairs and drinks.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.