Live musical entertainment, food, drinks, children activities and more will be on deck at the city of La Marque’s annual Bayou Fest from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Highland Bayou Park in La Marque.

Featuring headliners and country music traditionalists, Mark Chesnutt and Kevin Fowler, as well as local favorites the Pee Wee Bowen Band, the free festival — which kicks off today with a barbecue cook-off — is open to the public.

“It’s fun to think about how much La Marque Bayou Fest has grown over the past five years,” said Alex Getty, executive director of the La Marque Economic Development Corp. “Our expectations for 2017 are high. There’s a lot of buzz about Pee Wee, Chesnutt, Fowler and the first-class fireworks show sponsored by Amoco Federal Credit Union. A person would have to look far and wide to find a better free show than the one that will be offered on Saturday!”

Chesnutt, who will be performing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, will be performing a few of his 14 No. 1 hits and 23 Top 10 singles from his four platinum albums and five gold records.

A resident of Beaumont, Chesnutt, who recently released his newest CD “Mark Chesnutt: Tradition Lives,” considers himself a true country music performer and is excited about performing at the festival, he said.

“First of all, I love doing what I do,” Chesnutt said. “I love playing in Texas. For me, performing at this festival will be the best thing about this weekend because if I could just perform in Texas and Louisiana — I’d be perfectly happy. With the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to our part of Texas, this performance will not only be therapeutic for me, but for residents in Galveston County that have had to endure the destruction that this storm caused. Hopefully, my music, if just for a little while, will help them to relax a bit and enjoy some good music.”

Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. for the Calvin “Cowboy” Jones Children’s Fishing Tournament (first 200 children, ages 12 and younger to sign up will receive a T-shirt and lunch, and can fish for free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; take your own rod ‘n reel), pumpkin carving contest, mutton bustin’ contest (registration begins at 1 p.m.; $20 fee per child; for ages 2-5 and 6-7), bounce houses and plenty of room to play, said organizers.

There will be plenty of food trucks, festival-type foods, and fireworks. The festival is sponsored by the city of La Marque, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, and Faust Distributing (no coolers will be allowed).

For information, visit cityoflamarque.org or call the chamber at 409-935-1408.

“The city of La Marque has stepped up the talent for La Marque Bayou Fest 2017, and added some exciting attractions,” said Colleen Merritt, who is the public relations specialist for the La Marque Economic Development Corp. “Magical Winter Lights created a 30-foot long #iloveLa_Marque lantern that will be on display. The Miller Lite VIP Experience tent will feature games, giveaways and a visit from the Miller Lite girls. Just like our community is growing and thriving, our annual festival is getting bigger and better every year. Next year, our cook-off will be part of the Galveston County Triple Crown. Life is good in La Marque.”

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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