The 104th annual State Fair of Louisiana opened its gates Thursday to all of the thrill rides and quirky foods it has to offer. The theme of this year's fair is '1000 Flavors of Fun.'
President and General Manager of the State Fair of Louisiana Chris Giordano noted that people can expect to have a lot of fun at the State Fair with all of the entertainment, rides and food.
Lots of food will be at the State Fair throughout the next three weeks of operation. The fair will be open October 21 through November 7. Gates open at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. The fair will close at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, but will stay open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The State Fair will not open on Mondays or Tuesdays.
This year state fair officials anticipate that the attractions, entertainment and food will bring in big numbers to benefit the area.
Giordano explains that the last formal study was done in 2003 by Louisiana State University in Shreveport. "They estimated that the total economic impact that the fair has each year is $24 million dollars." That money will be spread out between multiple areas including state taxes, local taxes and businesses in the community. Giordano expects in excess of 400,000 people to visit the State Fair this year. Last year's attendance was 409,000 and 490,000 people in 2008.
When visitors go to the State Fair of Louisiana, they can expect to see a number of interesting fair foods like the deep fried Oreos and the Krispy Kreme donut burger, which is a new item this year. Some State Fair favorites include turkey legs, potato blooms and funnel cakes.
Giordano explains that the State Fair is an exciting place for all to go visit. "There's a lot for the family to do. Grab the kids, grab your loved ones and come on out."