Are you ready for a nonstop, finger lickin’, foot tappin’ good time? Then head to the State Fair of Louisiana in Shreveport where you can dance to zydeco, eat shrimp on a stick, and ride more than 60 carnival rides. From Oct. 23 to Nov. 9, 2014, the fairgrounds in Shreveport turn into a circus (literally) of excitement for the entire family. We can’t begin to list everything you can do at the fair, so we boiled it—like our seafood—down.
Top 10 list of favorite things at Louisiana's State Fair:
10. Dancing poodles.Yes, you read that correctly. During the daily Circus Hollywood shows, catch the Poodles of Paris, plus trapeze and high-wire acts and more.
9. Tiger and elephant encounters. It's as if the Discovery Channel comes alive at the Ultimate Safari. Animal lovers also shouldn't miss the daily livestock shows featuring pigs, cows, and even dwarf goats.
8. A whole lotta gospel singing going on! Enjoy Gospel Megafest on Oct. 29 or come to the Gospel Celebration on Nov. 5.
7. A rowdy rodeo. The PRCA Rodeo, Nov. 4-5, features real cowboys showcasing lassoing skills and daredevil bull and bronco rides.
6. Monster trucks. The SPEED Motorsports Tour brings the big-wheel beasts to Hirsch Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 12.
5. Racing ducks and pigs. Cheer for your favorite feathered friend in The Great American Duck Race, which is new this year, or see who'll be the swiftest swine among the Hollywood Racing Pigs.
4. Spirited competition. The State Fair of Louisiana State Cheerleading Championship takes place Oct. 29.
3. Rides that make our stomach flip, like Vertigo and Drop Zone. But it's always nice to catch our breath on the Ferris wheel.
2. Live music on the free entertainment stage (free with admission). Performers throughout the fair include funk band Lakeside, country legend John Anderson and zydeco artist Wayne Toups to name just a few.
1. Fair food! There's guaranteed to be more food than you can shake a stick at. Speaking of sticks, you'll find vendors selling chicken on a stick, shrimp on a stick, pizza on a stick, and even cookie dough on a stick.Try them all.
Okay, we said it was a Top 10 list, but here's one more reason why we love the state fair: So much of the attractions and concerts are free with admission, making this a great place to take the family. Gates open daily at 10 a.m. The fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.