How do you make an event that's been going on for more than five decades bigger and better?
If that event is the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, you just keep adding more and more entertainment until you've got something for everyone.
The 52nd annual fair is underway and runs through Sunday, Nov. 5, at the fairgrounds, 16072 Airline Highway. Admission is $5 for anyone 48 inches tall and over. Ride wristbands are $25. Discounted and weekend combo tickets are available at gbrsf.com.
This year's new attractions include the daily Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, which features ax throwing, cross cut sawing and log rolling. The show is performed several times a day, and state fair chairman Cliff Barton said the area hasn't seen this type of show in many years.
In addition to the giant inflatable screen showing videos and Halloween night monster movies, the fair will also feature a children's Lego build competition each Saturday for ages 7-10 and 11-13. Another new Saturday attraction is drone racing in the arena area.
Keeping on the sci-fi route, the fair also will host the LSU engineering department's robotics demonstrations on Sunday — a first for the event, Barton said.
Returning visitors will be pleased to know that the state fair will again feature pig racing, a petting zoo, more than 40 carnival rides and, of course, "that great fair food," Barton said.
"One food vendor is bringing one of the newest crazes on the fair circuit — nitrogen frozen cereal," he added. "It is really cold and should be a favorite with the fairgoers, especially if the weather stays warm."
Expect to visit a beer garden and other vendor booths, and while you're there, enjoy some music. This year's acts include The Remnants at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by Category 6. On Sunday, Ashton Dupre and the Last Call close out the music at 6:30 p.m.
Next week, musical acts include Micah Lipsmeyer on Wednesday, Jonathon Boogie Long on Thursday, Nov. 2, and Remedy on Friday, Nov. 3. Sara Collins, Parish County Line and Travis Thibodaux perform Sunday, Nov. 5.
For more information on the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, visit gbrsf.com.
THE 52ND ANNUAL GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5
WHERE: BREC Airline Highway Park/Fairgrounds, 16072 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge
COST: $5 for anyone 48 inches tall and over. Ride wristbands are $25. Ride coupons are $1 each. Discounted and weekend combo tickets available.
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Justin McCain
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Paul and Pete Band
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: The Jaxon Meche Band
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: The Remnants
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Category 6
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Michael Rayburn
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Richard Lebouef & Two Step
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Ashton Dupre and the Last Call
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Karaoke Competition
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Karaoke Finals
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Micah Lipsmeyer
THURSDAY, NOV. 1
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Jonathon Boogie Long
FRIDAY, NOV. 3
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Adam Pearce
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Remedy
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Greg Landry & Nikki Aleese
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: BluePrint
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Nelson Nevilles, Zydeco Mike & the Sizzlin Band
SUNDAY, NOV. 5
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Parish County Line
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Travis Thibodaux Band