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The fourteenth annual Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival will be held on the banks of said bayou and in thoroughly historic downtown Franklin. With its focus on educating the public about the life and long-term prospects of the Louisiana Black Bear, this celebration will include birding and field trips, motorized and canoe boat outings on the bayou, an art sale, arts & crafts, food, music, nighttime fireworks, and Cub Club children's activities. Suit up for the Running of the Bears 5K run/walk and Bayou Teche boat trips on Saturday. Also fireworks over the bayou on Saturday night. bayoutechebearfest.org.