St. Tammany Parish Fair
    Dates: September 27, 2023 - October 1, 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 September 27-October 1, 2023. Admission is free Thursday and Sunday, and $3* Friday-Saturday.

Founded in 1910, the St. Tammany Parish Fair Association has produced a fair almost every year during the last week of September and the first full weekend in October to showcase local culture, promote economic development, and nurture community pride. The fair features a rodeo, 16 Fair Queen/Princess and Rodeo Queen pageants, talent showcases, agricultural and horticultural exhibits, music, food, and of course, the ever-popular Midway rides. The Fair Association also gives back approximately $25,000 annually to the schools, to exhibit entries and in scholarships.

A complete schedule of events is available on the St. Tammany Parish Fair website at https://sttammanyparishfair.info/schedule.

FAIR HIGHLIGHTS

PAGEANTS & RODEO
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 will be crowned at the popular St. Tammany Parish Fair Rodeo, Friday, Sep. 29. The rodeo is 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: https://sttammanyparishfair.info/ 

PARADE
Fair weekend kicks off Friday at 10:00 a.m. with a parade through downtown Covington, starting on Jefferson Avenue and traveling to Boston St./Hwy. 21 and up Columbia Street, concluding at the fairgrounds at 1304 N. Columbia St. with opening ceremonies on the Main Stage at 11:00 a.m. followed by performances throughout the day.

RIDES
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.

LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
Live music is featured on the Main Stage Thursday through Sunday. The complete schedule will be announced on the website as the event nears.

EXHIBITS
Competitive and commercial exhibits, including 4-H, FFA, agriculture/horticulture, home economics, educational and livestock, are open to the public on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and remain open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Livestock competitions and shows, including Dairy and Beef Cattle, Swine, Sheep and Goat, start Saturday at 8 a.m.

For the complete schedule, visit http://www.sttammanyparishfair.info . Learn more about the history of the fair at: https://sttammanyparishfair.info/about


DIRECTIONS:

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.

*2022 prices, subject to change.

Photos by Bill Lang for LouisianaNorthshore.com.

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