When he first told people about the first Denham Springs Fair, scheduled for April 1-3, Tony Jarreau said some people assumed it was an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke.

“But it is real,” Jarreau laughed.

It’s a first for the city, and long overdue, Jarreau said. He sees Denham Springs as a great place to live and wants to share his community with the region.

Jarreau was talking to a high school friend who puts on carnivals, he said, about the Livingston Parish Fair, “and I thought, ‘I’d love to do this in my hometown.’ ”

Though the fair’s location in South Park — about two miles south of Interstate 12 on Vincent Road — is technically outside the city limits, Mayor Gerard Landry said, the mailing address is Denham Springs.

Jarreau has worked in the entertainment business for the last decade, organizing mixed martial arts events and country music shows, so he knows how to put on a good show. He collaborated with other friends to bring different elements into place for the event, which will include carnival rides, food and entertainment that includes live music and the first Miss Denham Springs Pageant.

“We don’t have representation at the Miss Louisiana Pageant, so I think that should change,” he said.

He hopes to make the event an annual celebration of Denham Springs, he said.

“The Livingston Parish Fair has been running for 78 years,” he said, and he hopes to start a tradition with that kind of longevity.

Admission to the event is free. Jarreau said, with entertainment provided by The Chee-Weez, Werewolf and the Chase Tyler Band.

Jarreau said he also partnered with the TARC of Tangipahoa to set aside two hours on April 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. exclusively for TARC clients, their family members and friends.

For more information or updates on the fair, visit www.livingstontourism.com/calendar-of-events.

Eidtor’s Note: This story was changed on April 1 to correct Tony Jarreau’s name.