Arnaudville – Raffle tickets are now available for a chance on the LA-31 Bière Pâle pirogue, a cool boat named for a très, très cool beer on behalf of a history-making race.
Tickets are a dollar apiece.
The 13-foot, 6-inch Ron Chapman Shipwright pirogue was commission by Karlos Knott, brewmaster of Bayou Teche Brewing, Inc., and donated for raffle to provide a cash grand prize for the 130-mile Tour du Teche this September.
The two-man fiberglass boat was named after the brewery’s first offering, the instantly popular LA-31 Bière Pâle, a full flavored ale crafted to enhance the unique cuisine and lifestyle of South Louisiana.
Frank Dupuis at The Coffee Break in Breaux Bridge paid for the raffle tickets, and the St. Martin Parish Tourism Commission had posters printed up to advertise it.
The Tour du Teche, a program of The TECHE Project, will bring marathon paddlers around all around the country here to race down the entire length of Bayou Teche from Port Barre to Berwick Sept. 17-19 in a round-the-clock marathon.
Cajuns for Bayou Teche, also under The TECHE Project, has already removed a small mountain of trash and junk from the bayou to restore its natural beauty. The next cleanup will be Saturday, Aug. 21, in Breaux Bridge, starting at 9 a.m.
Raffle tickets for the LA-31 Bière Pâle pirogue are available at The Coffee Break, the Teche News in St. Martinville, the Breaux Bridge Welcome Center, Pack and Paddle in Lafayette. Check out the Web site www.techeproject.com for other places to buy a ticket and where the pirogue will be available for viewing.
The drawing will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 11, at The Coffee Break, 109 N. Main in Breaux Bridge