How the Fair Supports the Community
The proceeds from the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair (GBRSF) are donated to the Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation. Over $4,000,000 has been donated since 1985.
Each year, an outstanding volunteer student in participating high schools in East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes is awarded a $500 scholarship. The scholarships are presented to high school juniors.
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.