Best time to go to Louisiana

Washington Parish Free Fair 2019

The largest free fair and rodeo in America

The Washington Parish Free Fair is a perfect chance to experience classic small-town American entertainment. The fair, held every October in Franklinton, Louisiana, has been running since 1911, attracting enthusiastic crowds from all over the country.

The Washington Parish Free Fair is famous for its spectacular rodeo, beautiful flower exhibits, livestock, and agricultural product displays. Kids love the Midway and Old McDonald’s Farm. There is also an authentic Historical Pioneer Village of the 1800s, the Mile Branch Settlement, where visitors can meet costumed hosts and get into log cabins with recreated interiors. Don't forget to try authentic Louisiana dishes at the village. Home-cooking-inspired food got so popular that The Washington Parish Free Fair has already published several Mile Branch Settlement Cookbooks with recipes from local cooks.

One of the main attractions of the​ Washington Parish Free Fair is the Fair Queen Contest and Washington Parish Free Fair Parade. The parade marks the start of the fair beginning at 10 a.m. on its first day. The procession goes from the East Gate Shopping Center to the Washington Parish Fair Grounds.