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The State Fair of Louisiana 2013 opens Thursday

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The midway and rides are taking shape, as the 107th State Fair of Louisiana prepares to open on Thursday in Shreveport. The midway and rides are taking shape, as the 107th State Fair of Louisiana prepares to open on Thursday in Shreveport.
The daily Live Shark Show includes a Great White exhibit and is free with admission to the State Fair. (Source: State Fair of Louisiana) The daily Live Shark Show includes a Great White exhibit and is free with admission to the State Fair. (Source: State Fair of Louisiana)
The Power Surge is one of the rides that will be new to the State Fair of Louisiana this year.  (Source: State Fair of Louisiana) The Power Surge is one of the rides that will be new to the State Fair of Louisiana this year. (Source: State Fair of Louisiana)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The midway and rides are taking shape, as the 107th State Fair of Louisiana prepares to open on Thursday in Shreveport.

This year's theme is "Fair is in the air!" In addition several new rides, the fair is expanding Dollar Day this year to "Dollar Thursdays," (Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7).

Midway entertainment will include the B-Xtreme Breakdancers from New York City and Dallas the Fire Guy, as well as a live shark show and a "Penguins of the Arctic High Dive Show. Click here for details on events and entertainment.

In a walkthrough as the final preparations and ride setups were under way Monday, General Manager Chris Giordano offered assurances that measures are being taken to ensure all the rides are safe. "They're constantly looking for safety issues concerned with the carnival," says General Manager Chris Giordano. "There's not really any new procedures from a year ago, but they've definitely taken measures as far as inspections and such."

As always, the State Fair of Louisiana also offers rodeo, competitive and livestock events, and of course all of the concessions that send the unique aroma that literally puts the fair "in the air."

Fairgoers can park and walk in the gates for free on KSLA Days, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. That's Wednesday through Friday. The fair will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Opening day on Thursday, Oct. 24 is also Senior Day.

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