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Good food & good times at the State Fair of Louisiana

There's plenty to eat at the state fair. Including bugs.

In 1906, the State Fair of Louisiana opened its doors to celebrate the best the bayou state had to offer. Now, 112 years later, fans from across the country venture to the fairgrounds for midway rides and games, good food, incredible entertainment, and fun everyone can enjoy.

One of the great experiences you can have is trying some new cuisine. In addition to the Cattleman’s Association cooking up some great steak dinners, you can find turkey legs, ice cream, nachos, burgers, and wash it down with a variety of drinks. Feeling adventurous? Try the fried oreos. Really up for a challenge? Have a slice of pizza… with worms and a scorpion on it.

Here are some of the events for Nov 7- Nov 11

  • Ms. Stevana’s Friesian Horse Show performs through Sunday, November 11.  
  • Gospel Mega Fest – Thursday, November 8 from 4:15pm-9:00pm
  • Total Choice concert on Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm
  • Tribute to Music Royalty concert on Saturday, November 10 at 7:00pm

You can find a full list of events here.

In addition, there’s a lot of new shows for this State Fair of Louisiana season: the Sea Lion Splash Show, Circus Hollywood, Wacky Chad, and Pinball: An American Game Experience. Not to mention the usual suspects of the Crabtree Amusements carnival midway, the livestock show, goodies to buy in the Commercial Exhibit Building, the displays of creative arts, and the AgMagic demonstrations in the Agriculture building.

The fair is open Wednesdays-Sundays from October 25-November 11. Gate Admission to the State Fair of Louisiana is $12. Gate admission is FREE on weekdays from 10:00am-3:00pm. Carnival Ride Armbands, P.O.P. (Pay-One-Price) and the FunPass are also available. Parking is $5 but FREE on weekdays from 10:00am-3:00pm. $2 Thursdays are a big hit. $2 parking, $2 Gate Admission, $2 each carnival ride. Discount Wednesdays have $5 Gate Admission and $20 Carnival Ride Armband. More details can be found here.

At the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, there’s a fantastic exhibition called Pinball: An American Game Experience that you need to check out and play.