BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Thursday is the opening day for the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair and WVLA NBC 33 and WGMB FOX 44 are sponsoring the first night.

The fair is back with new attractions along with food, art and a petting zoo. Families can expect entertainment from live performers, carving pumpkins, hot dog-eating contests and more.

Cliff Barton, the president and CEO of the fair, said they’re expecting a larger crowd this year.

Barton said the annual event is for a great cause. They have been able to donate over $4 million to the Baton Rouge community for scholarships and other projects.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Thursday. The fair is located at the BREC Fairgrounds on Airline Highway and will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 5.

On opening night, general admission is $5 and free for anyone under 48 inches. The wristband for the rides is $15. The cost on Saturday and Sunday will be $30.

There is a new clear bag policy this year. Barton said the new policy will cut down on the wait time in line.

  • No bags larger than 12”x6”
  • Clear Fanny packs are allowed (must fit size requirements)
  • Diaper bags are allowed (must have a child)