The State Fair of Louisiana will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this late October of 2006. Every year visitors from all around Louisiana drop in for some Cajun Concession food and a chance to visit the State Fair Zoo. This may be one of the few state fairs that operates a free daily zoo, with Elephants, Tigers and Giraffes.
For those of you more interested in the food you can grab just about anything on a stick at the Concession, Shrimp-on-a-stick, and Pork butt-on-a-stick and even Pizza-on-a-stick. Don’t forget about the delicious Cajun food available. Stands cook up Crawfish Etoufee, Red Beans and Rice with Sausage and even Gator Wings. Speaking of Gators this wouldn’t be a Louisiana State Fair without the Reptile Shows and Alligator Exhibits that have the run of the fair. Though if you are a bit squeamish you can always stick to the Carnival Midway and have fun on one of the many, many rides available.
If the heat gets to be too much for you, head indoors and check out the seller’s exhibits. All manner and variety of items are for sale or exhibited in a marketplace environment. You are guaranteed to find beef sticks and cheese for sale next to aromatherapy candles and pewter figurines. For the kids there is a coloring contest held regularly, along with animal rides and face painting and even the occasional picture on a pony. Of course most of the stuff at the fair is going to be fun for the kids.
The Hirsch Coliseum will have some form of entertainment during every evening of the state fair. Each year the State Fair Queen’s Pageant is held in there to decide who will be the Queen of that year’s fair. Also the Mexican Rodeo is held there on State Fair Hispanic Heritage Day. Most events held in the Coliseum cost extra, but there are plenty of other free stage attractions throughout the fair.