The State Fair of Louisiana is in full swing at the fairgrounds in Shreveport.
It's a tradition in the ArkLaTex that dates back to 1906. The state fair is more than just the rides, the food, the entertainment, the livestock and the displays. It's also a big part of our economy.
Every year, more than 400,000 people attend the fair. That translates to about $24 million dollars every year.
The fair helps develop tourism and draws local and regional exposure. The state fair benefits other non-profit organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Louisiana Cattleman's Association, FAQ, 4-H, Shreveport Job Corps and The Louisiana Teen Challenge.
And every year, young people from all over the state of Louisiana bring their cows, sheep and other farm animals to compete in the Junior Livestock Show.
It's a fair with a purpose. I'm James Smith.