The Fall Fair is in the Air

Cathy S. Judd  |  10/11/2017 8:45:32 PM

Cool weather will be here soon! There are many things I love about fall: cool weather; the beautiful red, yellow and orange leaves; and the State Fair of Louisiana. The State Fair of Louisiana, located in Shreveport, is full of excitement! Of course there are the rides, meeting up with friends, the shows, the animals, the exhibits and all the delicious food. I’m especial fond of the cotton candy! Remember, a sometimes food! You don’t want to miss the 4-H livestock shows and the 4-H talent show. This year’s State Fair promises all of this and more!

Please note your LSU AgCenter agents will be busy preparing the Agriculture Building just for you! We will be taking in exhibits, displaying youth and adult exhibits, and setting up for AgMagic, which is an interactive educational opportunity for elementary students to teach them about Louisiana agriculture. We will also be manning the building, taking down the displays, returning entries and cleaning up. So if you are trying to reach us, know we will get back with you as soon as possible. Please come by the Agriculture Building to view all of the Louisiana agriculture products and fair entries.

If you made something this year,like canned green beans, jellies, birdhouses, quilts, canned goods or maybe a dress, these items may be entered in State Fair of Louisiana. If you would like to show off your talents and culinary skills, the State Fair of Louisiana is a great place to do just that. You can win prize money and ribbons. There are two divisions, junior (19 years of age and younger) and adult (19 years of age and older). Some of the exhibit categories include canned fruits and vegetables, clothing, home accessories, photography, painting, woodworking, household or handcraft, forestry, and arts and crafts.

Exhibits are being accepted in the Agriculture Building, Friday, October 20, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Exhibitor labels can be picked up at any of the LSU AgCenter offices. If you have the peel-off personalized mailing labels, bring them. Filling out the exhibit label or sticking a personalized mailing label will help speed up the entry process. For more information on entry categories, check out competitive events on the State Fair of Louisiana website.

If you like to cook, enter one of the Cooking Show competitions. Entry forms must be received by MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017, 4:00 pm. Mail to: State Fair of Louisiana Cooking Contest, PO Box 370, Benton, LA 71006. The contests will be held November 5 through November 11. The cooking categories include: Mexican Beef, Beef Appetizer, and Bar B Que Chicken. If you like to bake, enter the pecan cookery cake or the pecan cookery candy competition. There is also a kid’s cookie decorating contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to first through third place. Prize money ranges from 1st place $100, 2nd place $50, and 3rd place $25. If you are interested in these cooking contests, call Terri Foster at 318-932-4342 or email her at tfoster@agcenter.lsu.edu. Entry forms and more information may be found at www.statefairoflouisiana.com

While at the State Fair of Louisiana, be sure to travel through the LSU AgCenter AgMagic, which is located in the Agriculture Building on the State Fair grounds. AgMagic includes many interactive exhibits that teach children and adults where food, clothing, lumber and other products come from. Participants may take a journey through a visually stimulating environment that will link food and fiber products we use every day to the forests, field crops and livestock produced by Louisiana farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. Featured crops will be displayed in various stages of development, and the importance of interactions between agriculture, the environment and society at large will be highlight.

If you would like more information about the upcoming State Fair of Louisiana, log on to www.statefairoflouisiana.com. Information includes rules and regulations, dates and more. If you have any questions, please call our office at 318-251-5134.

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