St. Tammany Parish Fair
    Dates: October 4, 2023 - October 8, 2023
    Recurring: Recurring daily
    Time: Varies, see description
    Price: Free admission Thursday & Sunday, $3 Friday & Saturday. Midway wristbands $25-$30. Rodeo $10-$15.
    Location: St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, Columbia Street in Covington
    Address: 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433
    Phone: (985) 892-8421

Come one, come all! It's the St. Tammany Parish Fair, celebrating 113 years of St. Tammany culture in 2023! The fair is open to the public October 4-8, 2023. Admission is free Thursday and Sunday, and $3* Friday-Saturday.

The fair features a rodeo, Fair Queen/Princess and Rodeo Queen pageants, talent showcases, agricultural and horticultural exhibits, music, food, and of course, the ever-popular carnival rides. Founded in 1910, the St. Tammany Parish Fair Association has produced a fair almost every year during the first full weekend in October to showcase local culture, promote economic development, and nurture community pride. The Fair Association also gives thousands of dollars annually to area schools to exhibit entries and in scholarships.

A complete schedule of events is available on the St. Tammany Parish Fair website at


The fair begins mid-September with baby, children's, and Princess and Miss pageants at the Greater Covington Center, and the Rodeo Queen Contest at the Fairgrounds. The Fair Queen is crowned at the popular St. Tammany Parish Fair Rodeo, held Friday and Saturday, 7:30 to 10 p.m. each night. Admission is $15 for adults 13 and up, $10 for children 12 years and under. All pageant and talent showcase applications are due earlier in September. See registration forms on website for more information: 
*2022 prices, subject to change.

The popular Midway with a variety of fun rides opens Wednesday, 5-10 p.m. The Midway remains open for the rest of the week: 5-10 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is by wristband daily or individual ride tickets late Friday and Saturday. Wristbands are $25* Wednesday and Friday until 4 p.m., then $30* Thursday (also 2-for-1 Buddy Night), Friday after 5 p.m., and all day Saturday and Sunday.
*2022 prices, subject to change.

Live music is featured on the Main Stage Thursday through Sunday, including gospel music night featuring local church choirs. The rodeo is the real thing, featuring bull riding, roping, bareback riding, trick riding and a calf scramble for the young ones. New this year is a Wild West Show scheduled on Thursday night. Kids of all ages will enjoy the thrilling carnival rides provided by the Northshore’s own Mitchell Brothers Amusements.

Fair weekend kicks off Friday at 10:00 a.m. with a parade from downtown Covington to the fairgrounds revs up the fun. The procession starts on Jefferson Avenue and travels to Boston St./Hwy. 21, up Columbia Street, concluding at the fairgrounds at 1304 N. Columbia St. Opening ceremonies take place on the Main Stage at 11:00 a.m. followed by performances throughout the day.

Expect livestock shows, a mini-farm, quilt show and displays of everything from home-grown canned goods to birdhouses to perfect potted plants.
Livestock shows showcase chickens and rabbits, dairy cattle and beef cattle, swine, sheep and goats.

For the complete schedule, visit . Learn more about the history of the fair at:


From I-12, take US-190 (exit 63-B) north toward Covington. Continue on US-190 over the Hwy 21/Covington CBD overpass as Hwy 190 becomes Collins Blvd. Fairgrounds are to the west (left) of Hwy 190 between 33rd Avenue and Magee Street.
Walk-in entrance is at 1304 N. Columbia St., drive-in entrance on West Magee Street. Free parking is available inside the fairgrounds and surrounding neighborhood.

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St. Tammany Parish Fair
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  • St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, Columbia Street in Covington
  • Free admission Thursday & Sunday, $3 Friday & Saturday. Midway wristbands $25-$30. Rodeo $10-$15.
  • Recurring daily