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Washington Parish Fair around corner

One of the most anticipated events in Washington Parish is nearly here.

The Washington Parish Free Fair, which takes place at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds, begins Wednesday with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.

Besides the parade, the fair, which began in 1911, offers many things for pretty much everybody to enjoy.

It features food, entertainment, rides, a 5K and a rodeo. And that’s just a few of the things going on.

The rodeo is one of the big parts of the fair, and it has five sessions over four days beginning Wednesday.

The rodeo has been affiliated with the Professional Cowboy Association for four years, including this one, and has been selected by some of the contestants as the PCA Rodeo of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

The youth rodeo is Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Thursday through Saturday has the pros. Thursday and Friday both start at 7 p.m. There are two sessions Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission per session is $13 for adults, $11 for ages 4-12 and free for those 3 and under.

The 5K run/walk is Oct. 18. Race day registration and number pickup is from 7 to 7:45 a.m., with the event at 8 a.m.

Last year, 81 people ran or walked the 3.1-mile race despite some wet weather.

And of course there is always the opportunity to take a little piece of the fair home in the form of a poster. Franklinton High School talented art teacher Taffenie Mizell designed this year’s fair poster, which incorporates many different aspects of the fair.

With all of the events being celebrated because of the fair, this major event is also a great opportunity to show everybody how great Washington Parish is.

Learn more about the events going on at the fair by picking up a copy of the Daily News’ Washington Parish Fair Tab, which comes out Sunday.