Louisiana, which bills itself as both a sportsman’s paradise and a land of festivals, has taken a small blow to those traditions as a result of the federal government shutdown.
The shutdown has prompted the closure of national wildlife refuges throughout Louisiana, an inconvenience for the state’s nature enthusiasts.
The shutdown also forced the cancellation of the annual “Wild Things” festival at the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge outside of Lacombe.
The festival, slated this year for Saturday, Oct. 12, was a free event expected to draw some four dozen exhibitors and 5,000 visitors.
Because of the shutdown, Americans are experiencing much greater hardships than the absence of a weekend festival or the opportunity to visit a nature preserve.
But the small disruptions, along with the much larger ones, are a reminder of the many ways that the work of the federal government touches everyday life.
We hope the budget stalemate in Washington is resolved soon, and that business as usual in the sportsman’s paradise can resume.