The Amite Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Tangipahoa Parish Fair for being selected as November’s Branch Award winner and on another successful fair.The Tangipahoa Parish Fair was originally established in 1888. It has taken hard work, love and extreme dedication from every part of this parish to ensure the continued legacy of the fair. As with any organization the fair has faced closing several times. Each time, outstanding citizens from the parish stepped up to give a renewed life and fresh energy to the board ensuring the Tangipahoa Parish Fair would be around for many more generations to come. Currently the Tangipahoa Parish Fair host approximately 20,000 to 25,000 people over the months of September and October with events that range from the official royal reception that introduces that year’s royal court, the Mayors, Fire Chiefs and Police Chiefs toast that allows us to thank each city, Township and village for their support, to Shake, Rattle, and Roll, opening ceremony, 4h livestock show, spelling bee and much, much, more.The Tangipahoa Parish Fair Board has grown over the last 7 years. We lost some great board members along the way but we were lucky enough to have new members step up and join our team and become our family. That's what our board is, it's a family and we are growing. At this time, we have approximately 23 members. I say approximately because new individuals have expressed interest in joining our board. This is a move in the right direction for the fair and we could not be more excited.The Fair has been hosted at many different locations around Tangipahoa Parish. In 1888 the fair consisted of 75 acres of land that featured grandstands, racetrack, and exhibit rooms. In 1908 a tornado swept through Amite and destroyed the fair grounds. By 1910, the fair had relocated to Hammond and during this time there was a name change. From 1916 to the middle of the 1920’s all participating communities had a winning exhibit displayed at the Florida Parish Fair. During this time, the fair took on a larger educational role within the community and really included all of the surrounding areas. Since the fair was not free back then the free School Day was a real treat. Those who were not able to travel by bus or car could board a train from McComb, or Loranger, St Tammany, Livingston, or even St. Helena and after making special stops at the schools, the train would deliver them to Hammond. By 1930 the fair was feeling the pressure of the Great Depression and was relocated to Loranger then Independence and finally reborn as Tangipahoa Parish Fair in Amite. In the 1950’s the grandstands were built and in 1987 the metal buildings were built. These buildings are still standing today but we would like to see them replaced since their existence is the reason we relocated this year to the Florida Parish Arena.
There is no place like home and we want to go back to our land! We are looking for help to clear the land, take down all of the buildings from the 80’s and build an event center to host a proper Fair. We need the communities help. There are those who are willing to help but we couldalways use extra hands and good ideas. This is your fair come be part of the rebuilding. Make this your legacy! We are the oldest fair in the state of Louisiana and we are learning and growing stronger as an organization. Last year we were awarded the Louisiana Tourism Grant and with the direction of the Tangi Tourism office we really learned how to advertise and market. This year we had amazing sponsors and this allowed us to host several 100 more children from as far north as Clinton, and Jackson, LA to our children’s education day. Entergy awarded the Indian village and Pioneer town with a grant to help pay