Livestock Projects Play Major Role in Winn Parish Fair


“Welcome to the 2023 Winn Parish fair,” say its organizers.  The upcoming Winn Parish Fair has been described as “A Family Affair” while those in the local LSU Ag Center like to say that “4-H/FFA Is a Win Winn Situation!”  Their theme this year is “Proud Traditions Inspiring the Future.”

“We are looking forward to a great year,” says County Agent Donny Moon.  “We have something for the entire family.  There are livestock exhibits, canned goods, sewing, arts and crafts, crops, artwork, photography, plants and cut flowers, and school exhibits.  We have baked goods contests, a pet show and more.  Since we are opening our fair up to parishes adjoining Winn Parish that do not have fairs of their own, we look forward to exciting new exhibits like miniature cattle, pygmy goats, and an added class of swine.  Our emphasis is on keeping our fair family friendly.”  

While the 2023 fair doesn’t officially get underway until Monday, Oct. 2, folks will be interested in pre-fair activity taking place.  The annual Horse Show will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept 23, at the rodeo arena.  

Fair kickoff is Monday, Oct. 2, Entry Day for all events except the Wednesday Pet Show.  Participants will bring all animals by 6 pm.  Cut flowers and baked goods should be entered on the books Monday and brought in before 9 am on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Rabbit, Goat, and Sheep premier exhibitor test in cattle barn begins at 5:30 p.m.  The Goat and the Rabbit show follows in Cattle Barn at 6 p.m. Sheep show in Livestock Show Arena follows the Rabbit Show, which is a hands-on show and exhibitors must be on hand to show their animals.

Tuesday, Oct. 3 events begin at 9 a.m. with Ag Awareness.  Poultry Check-in is 7 a.m. and all Poultry must be in pens by 9.  9:30 a.m. is Poultry Premier Exhibitor Exam while 10 a.m. is Poultry Judging in poultry area of cattle barn.  Commercial building inside closes at 5 p.m. and Crop Judging is 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct 4, again opens at 9 a.m. with Ag Awareness.  Cut flowers and baked goods must also be brought in by 9 a.m. (though already entered on the books that Monday).  Judging of other exhibits (clothing, canned goods, handicrafts, horticulture, baked goods) will take place between 9 and 3 p.m.  The long-popular Pet Show at Amphitheatre Stage (school age children and under, do not have to pre-register) gets underway at 5 p.m.  Premier Exhibition exam for Dairy and Beef will be held at 5:30 while the Beef and Dairy show in cattle barn will begin at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5 will being the final morning of Ag Awareness at 9 a.m.

The Premier Exhibiter exam for Swine in Sheep and Livestock arena will be held at 5:30pm when the Swine Show gets started in the Sheep and Livestock arena.

Friday, Oct 6 will see the release of livestock exhibits beginning at 9 a.m