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Pictured is the 2017 Tournoi Champion Eric Guillory during his first round of this year’s competition. The Vidrine native earned his sixth straight Tournoi title with a total of 20 caught rings. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

A stud can be defined as a place where horses are bred. However, if you consider the Guillory family compound a stud, then they are breeding Tournoi champions instead of horses.

Former Tournoi rider Gerald Fontenot poses for a picture with the champion’s trophy and spurs that he won during the 1967 Louisiana Tournoi competition. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Every October, on a Sunday afternoon, a group of Tournoi riders get ready to don a knights traditional garb, saddle up on horseback and spear through the seven enemies of cotton.

Lynn Landreneau is pictured here as she stands in Lucas Pitre’s cotton farm located on the Whiteville Road. She is holding her two books that she wrote about the Louisiana Cotton Festival. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is an old saying that cotton is the fabric of our lives. This is none truer than for Ville Platte resident Lynn Landreneau, who has compiled the rich history of the Louisiana Cotton Festival into two volumes of work.

Mamou council discusses upcoming Vet. Day Parade

CROWLEY -- Ever since their big win over Port Barre three weeks ago, the Mamou Demons have not had any luck getting back in the win column this season.
That trend remained, as Mamou was outmanned once again in their 48-0 loss to the Crowley Gents here Friday night.

Basile blasts South Cameron 42-7

BASILE -- The Basile Bearcats evened their overall record to 3-3 on the season with a 42-7 pasting of the South Cameron Tarpons here Friday night.

Sacred Heart cannot sustain momentum; loses two in a row

OPELOUSAS -- What looked to be a classic finish to an ever important game in the race for the District 5-1A title, turned into a runaway contest as the Opelousas Catholic Vikings scored 21 points in the second half on their way to a 35-7 win over the Sacred Heart Trojans here Friday night.

Panthers pounce

Pine Prairie running back JJ Sims (21) breaks free from Mamou High’s Parker Granger (54) while Ethan Granger (10) gives chase. Pine Prairie took advantage of several Mamou miscues on their way to a 42-8 win. Pine Prairie improves to 3-3 and Mamou falls to 1-5. (Gazette photo Nick Jagneaux)

MAMOU – Like a big jungle cat, the Pine Prairie Panthers pounced on three early Mamou Demon miscues and converted them into points, as they rolled to a 42-8 District 5-3A win here Thursday night.

Ville Platte Rotary talks cotton with Louisiana Cotton Festival President

Pat Derouselle (center) was the guest of Rotarian Bill Brunet (right) as he spoke to the Ville Platte Rotary Club about this year’s events for the Louisiana Cotton Festival. The two are pictured here with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left). The festival begins Tuesday, October 10 with the Contradase and ends Sunday, October 15 with the running of the Tournoi. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Pat Derouselle, President of the Louisiana Cotton Festival, was the guest of Rotarian Bill Brunet at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club.

Looking Back: September 1961

With the disappearance of the old DeRouen home from its location on central Main Street, only one residence now remains in that thoroughfare’s principal business district (from its intersection with Court to its intersection with Chataignier Street). The original portion of this old landmark was built about a decade before the Civil War by Bartholomew Coreil. It was acquired at his succession sale by the DeRouen family and was the late residence of the late congressman Rene L. Derouen and his wife.

September 7, 1961

Volumes of cotton

Lynn Landreneau is pictured here as she stands in Lucas Pitre’s cotton farm located on the Whiteville Road. She is holding her two books that she wrote about the Louisiana Cotton Festival. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

There is an old saying that cotton is the fabric of our lives. This is none truer than for Ville Platte resident Lynn Landreneau, who has compiled the rich history of the Louisiana Cotton Festival into two volumes of work.

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Sports

If you would have looked at the Basile High win/loss record after the first four games of the 2017 campaign, you might have said it was going to be a long season for the Bearcats as they stood 1-3

Lifestyle

Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave,
Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder

The engagement of Miss Lyndsey Nacole Schexnayder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maurice Schexnayder of Ville Platte to Mr. Kayne Micheal Hargrave, the son of Mr. and Mrs.

Obituaries

Janice “Jan” Barbara Guillory Fontenot, 84, a native of Ville Platte and a resident of Houma, passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2017.

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