We are Looking Forward to having our Livestock in the Barn & Old McDonald’s Farm Full of Activity by this time next Week

Livestock Barn

We look forward to having our 4H family start bringing in their livestock to get ready for the shows next Thursday.


Thursday: Washington Parish Fair Show

Saturday: Open Dairy Show

All livestock is encouraged to enter from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, before the fair.

Dress Up Contest: (All Species) This contest will be held on the afternoon of Thursday of the fair.

Old McDonald’s Farm

Old MacDonald’s Farm will be open:

Wednesday -Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Petting Zoo open:

Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

Be sure to come by and look at the animals in the barn and at Old McDonald’s Farm.

We are looking forward to seeing y’all there!

Washington Parish Fair Souvenir Presale

Washington Parish Fair Souvenir Presale

Saturday, October 16th

9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Location: The first building to your left through the gate. This will be your last chance to purchase 2021 Fair souvenirs at presale pricing.

Additional sizes and colors of apparel will be available. Christmas ornaments will be available for sale.

We’d like to thank everyone for your support and look forward to seeing you this Saturday. Purchasing a fair souvenir is a great way to support your fair.

2021 Fair shirt/Variety of colors $18 (presale price)

Long Sleeve Fair Shirt $18 (indigo blue)

Long Sleeve Fair emblem $20 (misc colors/Bella canvas)

Sweatshirts and Hoodies Fair emblem $30 (misc colors/Bella canvas)

Women’s Cut Short Sleeve Emblem $20 (misc colors/Bella canvas)

Embroidered hats $20 (misc colors)


***There are limited sizes and colors available on some of the specialty items. Come early to secure your favorite color.

A One-Two Punch to the Beloved Mile Branch

The Washington Parish Free Fair executive committee, along with hundreds of volunteers, are still reeling from the recent one/two punch received at the hands of Mother Nature and in the form of vandals. Following a severe weather event on the evening of March 17, committee members were devastated by the sight of nearly 20 downed trees, the destruction of a restroom facility and most heartbreaking of all widespread damage to the Mile Branch Settlement. The Sylvest Cabin complex, one of the largest cabins in the settlement was nearly completely destroyed by a massive pine tree that essentially cut the structure in half. Work began almost immediately to salvage the building and its contents. The cabin is being dismantled with each log and shingle painstakingly labeled so that it can be put back together with necessary repairs. This is similar to the process that was used some forty years ago when the various buildings located throughout the parish were taken down and reassembled at the settlement. The subsequent vandalism by juveniles the following weekend added insult to injury. Because the alarm system was off due to storm damage, vandals were easily able to access buildings and destroy antiques housed in the cabins as well as family heirlooms on display.

While there is an expectation of restitution for the vandalism damage, the storm damage is another matter. Fair board president Cole Ladner reiterates, “There was damage throughout the fairgrounds that must be addressed before the 2021 edition of the fair. Since we were unable to have the fair last year, our expected income to prepare for this year was almost nothing. It will be a financial challenge to repair all the damage, remove the downed trees, and rebuild the destroyed restroom as well as make the grounds safe for fairgoers.

”Longtime volunteer and fair secretary Kaye Ladner added, “I am one sad volunteer! Mile Branch is such a beloved area to all fairgoers and a showplace of life as it was in the early years of the parish. However, I believe this community can pull together and be ready for the fair as usual in October.”

Kaye further explained that a separate fund has been set up at Citizens Savings Bank for those who want to make monetary donations to assist with the biggest need, the restoration of Mile Branch. Donations should be specified for the Washington Parish Fair/Save the Mile Branch Settlement. It is important to be specific as the fair association has several accounts at Citizens Bank. Contributions will be accepted at both the Franklinton and Bogalusa headquarters.

Several groups have offered assistance in the actual cleanup, but Building and Grounds Chair Donald Folse points out that the fair association must first consider the safety of any volunteers. Currently some of the cabins are unstable and the twenty or so trees destroyed were massive in size. There will have to be a team of professionals with a safety protocol to begin the restoration and get to the point where volunteers can then pitch in and help.

Groups, clubs and individuals who do want to volunteer time are encouraged to stay updated on the work on the WPFF website and Facebook page so that when the call goes out for help, anyone who can lend a hand will know.