Shreveport doing up State Fair _lowres

Photo provided by the State Fair of Louisiana -- Always a favorite, the carnival midway is just one of the many attractions at the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport.

Planning a getaway to north Louisiana?

Add the State Fair of Louisiana to your “to do” list.

The fair opens Thursday for its 109th year, running through Nov. 8 at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 3701 Hudson Ave, Shreveport. The fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

There will be free concerts, street performers, a carnival midway, livestock show, rodeo, contests, exhibits, food and more.

Musical entertainment includes David Allan Coe, “The Voice” finalist Cole Vosbury and the Victory Belles & Victory Quartet.

Visitors can also take a helicopter ride, stroll through the fair’s zoo, or take in the Prehistoric Dinosaur Adventures Mobile Fossil Museum.

Tickets are $10, with online and other specials available.

For complete schedule and more information, go to

Canoeing at Chicot

A guided canoe tour of Chicot Lake in Chicot State Park in Ville Platte starts at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The site naturalist will take participants through the cypress-tupelo lake on the two-hour tour to learn more about the plants and animals that can be found there.

Canoeing experience is recommended. Space for this event is limited so register early to reserve a canoe. Visitors with their own canoes or kayaks are welcome, but still need to call and register.

The park is located six miles north of Ville Platte on La. 3042 in Evangeline Parish.

Day-use admission to the park is $2 per person. Groups of 10 or more can make reservations in advance for special programs.

For more information, call the Louisiana State Arboretum (located inside the park) at (888) 677-6100.

Film trail signs up

With more than 26 movies filmed in and around Minden, the town is a major stop on the Northwest Louisiana Film Trail.

New signs downtown will identify a numbered location of a movie corresponding to the map in a free brochure. The brochure lists the movies and has detailed maps so visitors can take a self-guided tour.

Visitors can see locations for “Premonition” starring Sandra Bullock; “Blond Ambition” with Jessica Simpson and Willie Nelson; “Harold and Kumar, Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” starring Kal Penn and John Cho; “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” starring Martin Lawrence, Mo’Nique, Cedric the Entertainer and James Earl Jones; “Longshots” starring Ice Cube, Keke Palmer and Tasha Smith; and “Olympus Has Fallen” starring Gerard Butler, Ashley Judd and Dylan McDermott.

Each location sign will give a brief synopsis of the movie and will have a QR code. When scanned with a QR reader application, available for free online from the App Store, a film clip will be downloaded on your mobile phone or iPad showing the movie trailer and a scene from the movie filmed at that location.

To request a free brochure, call (800) 2MINDEN. To see the film clips go to

Nashville spots available

There are a few seats still open for a seniors’ bus trip to Nashville, Tennessee, on Nov. 29 to Dec 5.

The cost is $609 per person based on double occupancy. The trip, which leaves from Baton Rouge, will include a show at the Grand Ole Opry.

For a full schedule, go to For questions, call (225) 769-5872.

For those signed up, there will be a meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, corner of Old Hammond Highway and Tara Boulevard, Baton Rouge.

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