With Festival International taking over downtown Lafayette this week. Festival Vice-President of Marketing Tucker Sappington stopped by the studio yesterday and visited with Ken Romero and Dr. John Sutherlin on 'Go Acadiana'.

A paid admission event at Blue Moon Saloon started Festival last night with Brother Dege and 'surf rock' guitar legend Dick Dale. We asked when the actual free events start and Sappington said,

The free events start Wednesday evening. We're very excited with the music starting at 6:30pm with Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie followed by Keith Frank. More stages open Thursday evening with all five of the stages going Friday night.

In the past some people have complained they could not access Wifi in the downtown area but Sappington said that will not be the case this year. According to Sappington,

Near the Lafayette Stage in front of the Federal Court House we're going to have the first ever Wifi hotspot that will be provided by LUS. That should alleviate some of the cell phone problems in the area.

Volunteers help to keep Festival International a free event and Sappington said,

It's never too late to volunteer. You can go to Festival International's website and register there or just walk up to the volunteer tent and the intersection of Jefferson and Lee Streets and register any day of the Festival.

Festival International remains a free Francophone music festival with the help of volunteers and the sale of Festival pins.  You can buy this year's commemorative pin by visiting the Festival International website.

Listen to the entire interview with Tucker Sappington: