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Before the party, there's work to be done for Gretna Heritage Festival

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GRETNA, LA (WVUE) -

Before the music starts and the sweet festival food is served, someone has to work so we can all play.

"It's usually, it's usually 12- to 14-hour days," said stage hand Kristine Fant.

The Gretna Heritage Fest kicked off on Friday and runs through Sunday. The tunes on the festival stages don't happen without those putting in work to get them built.

"When the bands go off we have to do set changes, move all their equipment off, move the next band's on," said stage hand Stephanie Schneider. 

Yolanda Lovelass makes garments and baby clothes from scratch all year long to sell at the festival.

"The first of the year I start again, I start restocking," she said.

Like all of us, she works for those she loves.

"This is my Christmas money for my grandkids."

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