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The Red River Revel: and how it got started

Let's get ready to REVELLLLLLLLL!!

  • Joel Rodgers
One of the coolest events of the year returns for a 43rd time. Buckle up, it’s time to revel!
The 43rd annual Red River Revel is fun for everyone. Its music, it’s food, it’s entertainment and euphoria for the entire family. And it’s September 29 – November 7. It’s normally 8 days, but this year it’s bigger. It’s NINE days!!
Do you know how the Revel was started?
The Red River Revel, winner of the 1988 President’s Volunteer Action Award, began in 1976 as the Junior League of Shreveport’s Bicentennial gift to the citizens of the region. The goal of the festival is to provide the general populace a celebration of the finest visual and performing Arts experiences.

Volunteers Make It Happen
Each year since 1976, this nonprofit arts festival has united people throughout the area to both enjoy the arts, as well as volunteer their time to make the Revel possible. The festival relies on the diligent work of more than 10,000 volunteers who contribute almost 160,000 hours to manage its activities.

Awards & Recognition
The Red River Revel has garnered considerable national recognition. It was even featured on ABC’s Good Morning America! The Revel received three special honors in 2002: named in Sunshine Artists Magazine’s Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals, named an AAA Southern Traveler’s Travel Treasure and named one of the Top 20 events by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

What Can Be Found at The Revel
The Red River Revel Arts Festival celebrates the arts with more than 100 visual artists from across the country, three performance stages that feature live music and performances, and a large area dedicated specifically to providing Arts Education for children.

We’ll have more even information on the Revel as the time draws near. 

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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