GBR State Fair closes disappointingly to bad weather

GBR State Fair closes disappointingly to bad weather
(Source: James Sparvero)
(Source: James Sparvero)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It was a golden anniversary that most days looked a lot more gray.

The 50th edition of the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair closed its soaking wet gates for the final time of the year Sunday. The final day, like four other full days this season, cancelled because of the weather.

"If you look around, there's water standing everywhere," says Cliff Barton, Chairman of the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair. "You can't walk back here because of the mud. It's just not a safe situation."

For Barton, it's a year to mostly forget. While he says the fair raked in high sales the few days gates were open, the fair will end with an operating loss.

"We're going to show a loss this year for sure," says Barton. "Every day that we stayed open, we were ahead of last year's figures so we thought we were going to have a really great fair, but the weather was not kind to us."

So instead of serving and entertaining Sunday, workers got an early start on taking down rides.

Organizers are looking ahead to next year, when hopefully, Mother Nature will wreak less havoc and the fair can turn a profit to support its charity work.

The carnival workers now take the rides toward Opelousas.

The 30th annual Port Barre Cracklin Festival starts Thursday.

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