On May 12, 1977, the trademark bearing the title "Gueydan, LA. - Duck Capital of America" was recorded and validated with the Secretary of State in Baton Rouge upon the actions of the Les Dames de Gueydan, a local women's club. A few months following this, the Gueydan Jaycees promoted the trade name by organizing a group of interested citizens to form what is now called the Gueydan Duck Festival Association.The first festival was held in November of 1977 and has grown considerably each year. Held originally on blocked-off streets in Gueydan, the Duck Festival moved to its own grounds in 1980 when the Atlantic-Richfield Company donated 7 acres to the Gueydan Duck Festival and the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. Early in 1996, the Gueydan Duck Festival Association purchased a 10-acre tract of land adjacent to the existing festival grounds complete with lighting and metal buildings for all the festival activities. The Gueydan Duck Festival is now nationally and internationally known. It is so representative of a facet of the Cajun culture that it has been featured at the World's Fair in New Orleans and on the LPB series "Taste of Louisiana" with Chef John Folse. In 2005, the Duck Festival was chosen as the Louisiana Stop for the ESPN SportCenter's "50 States in 50 days". The Duck festival has also been chosen to film a Travel Channel Promotion for RVing in 2011. The festival is usually held the weekend before Labor Day. Since it does highlight the hunting heritage of the Acadiana region, the Duck Festival offers the public great entertainment with its Duck and Goose Calling contest, Skeet Shooting, Hunting Dog Trials, and Decoy Carving. This is in addition to great food, nightly bands, Junior and Senior Queen's Pageants, a Grand Parade, Open Wild Game Cookoff, arts and crafts, and to top it all off, a thrilling Carnival.As with any event in Cajun Country, the Gueydan Duck Festival gives everyone an excuse to meet old friends and make new ones. This "joie de vivre" insures that a great time is had by one and all!