State Fair of Louisiana Returns Oct. 25-Nov. 11

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106th Installment of Fair Will Feature Live Entertainment, Concessions, Livestock Exhibits and More

A photo from the 2010 State Fair of Louisiana.

A family explores the midway at the State Fair of Louisiana.

One of the most popular elements of the State Fair of Louisiana is the unpredictable variety of unique food and drink

The State Fair of Louisiana will celebrate 106 years of providing unique, family-friendly entertainment when it returns to Shreveport’s fair grounds, Oct. 25-Nov. 11, 2012.

This year’s schedule of live entertainment includes: a PRCA Rodeo at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Nov. 2-3; nightly concerts at the World of Wireless Free Entertainment Stage featuring headliners like blues guitarist Wes Jeans, Nov. 8, and zydeco legend Wayne Toups, Nov. 10; a live broadcast of Amistad Radio’s “Talk to the Bishop” featuring Bishop Fred A. Caldwell, Sr., Oct. 28, and more. A non-stop program of free performances and attractions, ranging from fire-breathers and escape artists to BMX and skateboard stunt teams, will take place along the midway for the entertainment of guests.

As always, animal lovers will find much to enjoy at the State Fair of Louisiana, from a full program of livestock exhibits to attractions like Ultimate Safari, Wild Whitetails, the Tiger Encounter Show and Hollywood Racing Pigs. The State Fair of Louisiana is the premier showplace for young 4-H and Future Farmers of America members to exhibit livestock and agricultural projects.

One of the most popular elements of the State Fair of Louisiana is the unpredictable variety of unique food and drink available for purchase. From traditional festival fare like giant corn dogs, funnel cakes and blooming onions to Louisiana specialties such as jambalaya, gumbo and etouffee, the State Fair of Louisiana serves up crowd-pleasing favorites alongside unique, local delicacies.

This year’s State Fair will include a special Military Appreciation Day, with free admission for veterans and active military with valid military ID on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Also on Veterans Day, a Louisiana Veterans Honor Parade will be held, 2-4 p.m., concluding in a free concert and recognition ceremony at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The State Fair of Louisiana is open, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. The fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. General admission is $10 per person and Pay-One-Price Admission, including gate admission and ride armband, is $30 per person. The FunPass, which includes admission and ride armband for each of the 14 days the fair is open, is $75 per person. Parking is $5. Discounted advance tickets are currently available at select Brookshire’s and Super 1 Foods stores in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. For a full list of participating discounted ticket locations, visit http://www.statefairoflouisiana.com.    

A complete schedule of events, attractions and entertainment at the 2012 State Fair of Louisiana, along with information on group tickets, preferred hotels, and more, is also available at http://www.statefairoflouisiana.com.

For more information on things to see and do in Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana's Other Side, visit http://www.shreveport-bossier.org.

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