Known as one of the best places to be when south Louisiana welcomes the long days of summer, the Cajun Heartland State Fair has become a yearly tradition for generations in Cajun country.

For 30 years, the Cajun Heartland State Fair has delighted children of all ages from across Acadiana with games, rides, food and entertainment. This year, the event will bring tried and true favorites, as well as some new fun in the form of its first esports tournament.

“The biggest feature this weekend is our ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ tournament," Cajundome marketing director Heidi Champagne said. "We decided to go with esports instead of typical music acts because we wanted to do something different for the 30th anniversary."

Champagne said the reasons for hosting a major video game tournament include the popularity of the multiplayer, co-op game that was released last year and the desire to appeal to a younger demographic. The tournament also gives state fair attendees the option to do something indoors in case of inclement weather. 

However, usual carnival attractions (rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and pig races) will return. The fair also will have two new rides: the bullet train and swing tower.

The Cajun Heartland State Fair runs Friday through Saturday, June 3, on the grounds and parking areas of the Cajundome, 444 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette.

The fair opens at 5 p.m. on weekdays, noon on weekends, and closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays, 11 p.m. on weekends. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Wristbands cost $30. Discounts are available on selected days.

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