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Louisiana State Fair is now open


The Fair is in the air Oct. 24 to Nov. 10 with the 2013 State Fair of Louisiana.

The 2013 State Fair of Louisiana features all the traditional State Fair festivities from great concerts to the Ultimate Safari and Circus Hollywood, all located at the fair grounds and all free with gate admission. The fair is a great opportunity to enjoy affordable family fun, and with the variety of attractions, everyone is guaranteed to create lasting memories with their friends and families.

Experience all the excitement of a headline concert, without the expensive ticket prices.

Dance the Cupid Shuffle with no other than Cupid himself! Also performing is North Louisiana’s very own rising country music star, Frank Foster. Each show is held on the outdoor DirectTV Free Entertainment Stage, where there’s no assigned seating and no crowd is too large.

Don’t miss the great line-up:

• Westbound 21 – Oct. 25

• Cupid – Oct. 26

• Hispanic Heritage Day – Oct. 27

• Gospel Celebration – Nov. 2

• Cody Cooke & The Bayou Outlaws – Nov. 2

• Frank Foster – Nov. 2

• Ambush – Nov. 7

• Louisiana’s LeRoux – Nov. 8

• Wayne Toups – Nov. 9

Great Food & Adventures

The State Fair of Louisiana offers a variety of traditional and inventive foods from funnel cakes to bacon topped caramel apples.

Need something else to chew on? Enjoy numerous attractions, free with gate admission, including the Ultimate Safari and Circus Hollywood. Most performers provide free daily shows along the Midway.

Don’t miss the newest attractions for 2013:

• Penguins of the Arctic High Dive Show

• Live Shark Show

• The Tree of Life

• B-Extreme Breakdancers

The State Fair always has breath-taking and thrilling rides such as Power Surge, Hard Rock and Freak Out to name a few. For those seeking more tame thrills, the Ferris Wheel always offers breath-taking views and the Grand Carousel still provides an exciting ride everyone in the family can enjoy.

For Fairgoers who enjoy cheering on their favorite competitor, there are plenty of competitions to keep everyone satisfied from the Junior Livestock Show to the Louisiana Cheerleading State Championship.

One of the main interests of the State Fair of Louisiana is to provide an institution to assist in developing the agricultural and industrial resources of the area. Each year the fair strives to deliver the best in livestock competitions as well as livestock information.

Each year the PRCA hosts over 600 rodeos throughout the country, from small town venues to large arenas in cities like Las Vegas. The PRCA is a true rodeo experience; those attending see real cowboys riding bucking animals and showing off their lassoing skills. Don’t miss these daredevils risk their lives riding the “biggest and badest” bulls and broncos around. This year, the PRCA Rodeo will feature Cody Sosebee, a famous comedy rodeo act.

Also, the annual “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2. Two dollars of each ticket will benefit the Northwest Louisiana affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Ticket prices are $10 for gate admission and $5 for parking. Pay-One-Price tickets are $40 which includes gate admission and Crabtree Carnival rides armband. A Fun Pass can be purchased for $75 which includes gate admission and Crabtree Carnival rides armband for all 14 days of the State Fair. Discounted Tickets are also available at Brookshire’s, Super 1 Foods and StateFairofLouisiana.com.

For more information and up-to-the-date listings of all the events and entertainment as they are announced, visit www.StateFairOfLouisiana.com

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.