Each year, the Washington Parish Free Fair provides quality family entertainment to visitors from all over the globe. From the entertainment on our main stage to the history at Mile Branch Settlement… Be sure to check out our attractions. Dates for this year’s Free Fair are October 16-20, 2019.
The fair has events that you will not want to miss. We start things off with the Washington Parish Free Fair parade. Want to run off some of those calories from the delicious fair food?
Since its humble beginning in 1911 in a local livery stable, this county/parish fair has steadily grown bigger and better each successive year. Today, based upon attendance records, it is believed to be the largest county/parish free fair in the USA. It is the second oldest Parish Fair in Louisiana.
It is a family fair. They come from all over the country to enjoy the wholesome virtues characterized by Wiley Wit and imagination cemented with strong enthusiasm, cooperation and genuine concern for the cultural, educational and economic advancement of the parish.
They come to enjoy the excellent exhibits of cut flowers, homemaking, livestock, and agricultural products. Then there is Old McDonald’s Farm and the activities that never seem to cease on the stage. They come to experience the magic of the Midway and the excitement of the PRO Rodeo, and even to just sit a spell under one of the tall pine trees and enjoy the good food.
In addition to all these attractions, there is the Authentic Historical Pioneer Village, the Mile Branch Settlement. Here the visitor will be heartily welcomed by the many costumed hosts and experience a trip into our past as he visits the various log cabins and buildings filled with antiques and hospitality. One will feel free to sit a while on one of the broad porches or tap one’s feet to the music.
It’s our opportunity to experience many pioneer activities typical of the Louisiana piney woods in the 1800’s. It is a visit one will not soon forget.