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The 4H livestock show.
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The midway rides are one of the many attractions at the Louisiana State Fair.
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The Junior Livestock Sale.
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Students can get plenty of hands-on experiences at the fair.
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The State Fair stretches over 57 acres, attracting about 400,000 visitors to "the largest carnival and livestock show in the state."
The heat of summer is in the past, children are back in school, hay has been baled, and harvest, for the most part, is complete. Now it's time for folks in the ArkLaTex to grab a "ticket for fun" to the Louisiana State Fair, running from Oct. 23 through Nov. 9 year at the state fairgrounds in Shreveport.
Some come to the fair for its midway, some come to see the livestock and 4-H projects, or the variety of street and stage entertainers, the circus and its exotic animals, the business displays, the rodeoing, the beauty pageant, the food, or a combination of any number of these. All fun!
Given the mission of assisting in development of Louisiana's agricultural and industrial resources and providing a better quality of life for its citizens, the State Fair stretches over 57 acres, attracting about 400,000 visitors to "the largest carnival and livestock show in the state." It's different from other tourism draws because nearly all other events in the state are festivals, while few parish fairs include carnivals, said Chris Giordano, president and general manager.
Entertainers from Circus Hollywood will be putting on free shows throughout the fair, as well as a variety of street entertainers, including the B Xtreme Breakdancers from New York City; Dallas The Fire Guy, who juggles and breathes fire; Dallas' son Nick, "The Escape Artist;" a one-man band; clowns; a unicycle-riding sword swallower; and the nine-foot-tall, color-changing Rock-It Robot.
Some events and competitions precede the fair's official opening. The Miss State Fair of Louisiana beauty pageant will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.
The fair's first open day, Thursday, Oct. 23, leads off the overall celebration with a Senior Day; Hirsch Coliseum will be filled with exhibits tailored to fair-goers past the age of 50. Cheer and Dance championships are Saturday, Oct. 25. Hispanic Heritage Day, Sunday, Oct. 26, provides mariachi music, a low rider car show, and Hispanic foods. Rodeo activities fill Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Veterans and military families, whether active or retired, receive free parking and admission all day Sunday, Nov. 9.
Although the fair offers many activities to attract people with a variety of interests, its roots remain in agriculture. The fair pays homage to a portion of that heritage with an antique tractor pull and show Oct. 24 and 25. AgMagic, in the Agriculture Building, provides a look at where food, clothing, lumber, and other products come from, and highlight the importance of interaction between agriculture, the environment, and society at large.
By Lani Duke