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Controversial governor kicks off Peach Festival
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Leader photo by LACEY SHARP- Many stood in line after the luncheon for a chance to visit with Edwards, receive a signed copy of his autobiography and take pictures with the famed political figure.

A sold-out crowd gathered in the main dinning room of Squire Creek Country Club, as hundreds flocked to see one of Louisiana’s most controversial and charismatic figures. Former Governor Edwin Edwards, a long-time pillar of the state’s political scene, opened the Louisiana Peach Festival as the headlining speaker at the luncheon on Wednesday.

The 85-year-old began with a series of jokes, some at his own expense, and a few aimed at Squire Creek Country Club owner James Davison. Davison, who introduced Edwards, commented on their longtime friendship and stated Edwards “is a good man.”

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