GBR State Fair announces move to Lamar Dixon (permanently?)

Scheduled for October 27-November 6, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair will be held at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (LDEC) in 2022…and beyond.  That is according to Cliff Barton, president of the GBRSF Corporation who was joined by Ascension President Clint Cointment and Mayor Barney Arceneaux at a Monday press conference to announce the “temporary” move which sure sounded permanent.

Citing a construction project at the fair’s home since 1965, just north of Bayou Manchac on Airline Hwy in East Baton Rouge Parish, Barton said the next two fairs will be conducted at Lamar Dixon.

“If it works down here, I think we have found a home,” he would add, conceding that “traffic is gonna be messed up the first year, to a certain extent.”

Has he ever traveled Hwy 30 during drive-time?

Barton lauded the infrastructure at LDEC, particularly the accommodations for agricultural events, which will “allow so many things that we couldn’t do at the Airline Hwy property formerly known as the Fairgrounds.”

“A monumental event for Ascension Parish,” according to President Cointment who was “super excited (and) looking forward to this first year, and beyond.  What this fair is gonna grow into as it partners with Lamar Dixon and these facilities we have in Ascension Parish.”

Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux was also “very excited,” understandably since the city will reap a healthy share of the sales tax revenues generated by out-of-town visitors.  Gonzales’ western city limits stops just before S St. Landry Road where LDEC is, with every gas station, beanery, and Tanger Outlet Mall eager to receive a new influx of potential customers.

“A wonderful day for all of us,” Mayor Arceneaux said.  But “one helluva task” dealing with traffic.

That task falls to Gonzales PD and APSO.  Good luck.