How the Fair Supports the Community
The proceeds from the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (GBRSF) are donated back into the Baton Rouge community through grants to organizations involved with children and families. Over $3,500,000 has been donated since 1985.
Each year, an outstanding volunteer student in each high school in East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston Parishes is awarded a $500 scholarship. The scholarships are presented to high school juniors.
Another annual scholarship is the LSU Agriculture School Scholarship given in honor of George Simoneaux. This is funded by a $10,000 grant to the LSU Foundation.
The GBRSF is always excited to host Buster L. Brown Day at the fair (for children with special needs). Approximately 1,000 of these children are invited on a day when the fair is opened just for them.
The Youth Livestock Shows give area 4-H and FFA members another opportunity to show their goats, beef and dairy cows and compete for ribbons and up to $5,000 in prize money.
The fair also provides a financial boost to the community with more than $250,000 spent locally each year in the production of the fair. The GBRSF is a major small business effort and it is all done with volunteers.
As an opportunity for youth and families to enjoy wholesome family entertainment, the fair is an exceptional value.