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BREAKING 1:30pm 8-21-08 Louisiana Partners with Mickey in Disney World: Oct 19-25 at Epcot
Thursday, Aug 21, 2008 10:56am

SHREVEPORT, LA From The Times (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: TOURISM NEWS 1:30pm 8-21-08  Louisiana cuisine will be featured at a six-week, food and wine festival in Walt Disney World's Epcot Center, the week of October 19th-25th...and, northwest Louisiana gets to join in on the big show. 

Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu and representatives of Walt Disney Company will reveal all the details at news conferences Wednesday, Sept. 10th in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

An estimated 1.3 million people are expected to attend, said Stacy Brown, president of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

According to the Times article, earlier this month, Brown went before the Bossier Police Jury to ask for $5,000 to contribute to the festival.

The Police Jury already had decided to chip in twice that amount for a regional film initiative that had fallen through, and Brown was asking permission to use the $5,000 for something else.

Brown declined further comment until the news conference.

As part of the deal, Bossier Parish gets to send one representative, which Parish Administrator and Police Juror Bill Altimus said he thought would be Lisa Johnson, executive director of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson said she didn't know many details yet, either, but is excited to go. "Absolutely. I'm always excited to represent the state."


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