LIVINGSTON — A parade, rodeo, beauty pageants, amusement rides, live entertainment, livestock demonstrations, cooking contests and a pet show are just some of the activities awaiting visitors to this year’s Livingston Parish Fair scheduled for Saturday through Oct. 11.
Lynn Sibley, spokeswoman for the Livingston Parish Fair Association, said that as many as 50,000 visitors are expected for the fair. “It all depends on the weather, but we know that we will have between 30,000 to 50,000 visitors to our great event. These are the sizes of crowds that we have seen in the past,” she said.
The Livingston Parish Fair has a long history of showcasing what the parish has to offer and will celebrate its 78th anniversary this year.
Sibley said that in keeping with a long-standing tradition, there is no admission to the fair and parking is free.
The event will again be held at the Livingston Parish Fairgrounds just west of Livingston at 13335 Florida Blvd.
The fair’s first major event will be on Saturday with the annual parade. Parade participants will line up on Will Hughes Road and then proceed down La. 63 to U.S. 190 and make its way to the fairgrounds. The parade will roll at 10 a.m. Also on the day’s agenda will be the Chili Cook Off. Check-in for the contest is from 7-8 a.m. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m.
The fun begins in earnest on Sunday with the Preschool Beauty Pageant at the Green Barn on the fairgrounds. Youngsters ages 4 and younger will be judged in a number of categories divided by ages. Competition begins at 1:30 p.m.
Family Night is scheduled for Tuesday with a $15 pay-one-price for the amusement rides. Mitchell Brothers Rides will provide the rides for the fair. Also slated for Tuesday will be registration and showing of a variety of exhibits featuring agriculture, homemaking and floral displays. The day’s activities will be capped off with a 7 p.m. Spelling Bee at the Green Barn.
Special-needs students will be guests of the fair from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. Registration for exhibitors of swine, sheep, goats, dairy, 4-H and beef will be conducted from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Also included on the day’s agenda will be the Rodeo Queen Contest and a Ranch Rodeo at 7 p.m. The Ranch Rodeo is free. The rides will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at a pay-one-price of $25.
Thursday, Oct. 8, will be a special day for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the students will be treated to Field Trip Day. Sibley said that the grounds will be open during Field Trip Day only for students who have preregistered through their schools. Judging of exhibits and some livestock are also scheduled for this day. An Academic Fun Bowl and Talent Show will also be held on Thursday evening. Rides will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Livingston Parish school system students will be excused from classes for the day on Friday, Oct. 9, so they can enjoy the fair. Additional livestock judging will be conducted on the same day. Senior citizens will be recognized with an Older Folks Day activity at the Green Barn from 10 a.m. to noon. Highlight of the day will be a Professional Cowboy’s Association Rodeo at 8 p.m.
A pet show opens activities at 9 a.m. Oct. 10, followed by a dog show. The horse show is slated for 11 a.m. Beauty pageants for girls in numerous age categories will be held from noon to 6 p.m. The day’s activities end with the PCA Rodeo at 8 p.m.
The fair’s final day, Oct. 11, will feature all types of exhibits from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The carnival midway will be open from noon to 6 p.m., when the fair ends.
“Our association members work tirelessly throughout the year to bring this event to the citizens of Livingston Parish and our other guests who come from outside the parish,” Sibley said. “Once again, we look forward to making this an event to remember.”