Paul Coreil | 5/6/2005 2:13:57 AM
The LSU AgCenter’s state livestock show will be held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales next February based on the Ascension Parish Council’s decision to enter into a lease-purchase agreement to take over the facility, AgCenter officials said this week.
The LSU AgCenter, which has a 10-year lease with Lamar-Dixon, expects to be able to transfer the current lease to Ascension Parish, said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the AgCenter.
"We are now much more confident that the LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show can remain at Lamar-Dixon under a lease agreement with the Ascension Parish government," Coreil said.
The location for the 2006 livestock show had been in question after Lamar-Dixon officials announced several months ago that the facility was likely to be closed unless someone stepped forward to purchase and run it.
Coreil said that if the parish purchases the facility, he expects the AgCenter would extend the lease and continue the livestock show in Gonzales.
"We’re going to stay at Lamar-Dixon and hopefully remain there for the years ahead after the parish exercises the option to buy," Coreil said.
The LSU AgCenter has eight years remaining on the current lease with Lamar-Dixon, said Dr. Ken Roberts, associate vice chancellor at the AgCenter.
"It appears we’re going to have an entity with which to sign a lease," Roberts said.
Roberts said dates for the 2006 state livestock show are set for February 11-18.
"We’re going to bank on those dates at Lamar-Dixon," he said.
The annual livestock show brings young people from across the state together to compete for state championship titles and other honors. Last year, approximately 3,700 4-H and FFA members competed with nearly 5,500 animals.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture