Save the Date: Louisiana Forest Festival

On April 23rd and 24th, Winnfield, in neighboring Winn Parish, will host the Louisiana Forest Festival at Fairgrounds Road in Winnfield.  The festival is a celebration of the timber industry, which is the top industry in Bienville Parish as well as Winn Parish.   

The festival encompasses a wide variety of timber related activities. There are numerous forestry equipment displays and related exhibits. Professional lumberjack sports competitors come from throughout the United States to participate in the show. There will be 13 lumberjack events to cheer on with 6 different chainsaw events.  The festival will represent both historical and modern forestry and logging practices.  In addition, the festival will host a wide variety of vendors, contests, prize drawings, children’s activities and games, and live music.  

Schedule of Events

8:00am: Family Train Rides @ Festival Grounds (all day)

9:00am: 2-Wheel Drive, Trailer Driving Course, and Mower Event

10:00am: Festival Gates Open

10:00am: Bear Hollow Carving Event

11:00am – 2:00pm: Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Exhibit

11:00am: Cooking Contest

12:30pm: Bear Hollow Carving Event

3:00pm: Bear Hollow Carving Event

5:00pm: Dinosaur Show @ Jurassic Kingdom

5:30pm: Amphitheatre Gates Open, Opening Ceremonies: Queens, Senior Scholarship Winners, Sponsors, In Memory of Logger, In Honor Logger, Lt. Governor @ Amphitheatre

5:30pm: VIP Meet & Greet Begins.

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Spencer Brunson @ Live Music Amphitheatre Stage

9:00pm – 10:00pm: Ashton Shepard with Corbin Pickard @ Live Music Amphitheatre Stage

10:00pm – 11:30pm: Jeff Bates @ Live Music Amphitheatre Stage

**Alcoholic beverages available for sale after 8:00 PM. (Big Easy Drive Thru)

8:00am – All Day: Interactive Kid Zone Opens. Vendor Booths Open. Axe Throwing Opens. Equipment Exhibitors Open.

8:00am: Family Train Rides @ Festival Grounds

8:00am: Professional Timber Sports @ Competition Hill

8:15am: St. Jude Fun Run Registration @ Festival Grounds (near arena)

9:00am: Festival Grounds (near arena)

9:00am – 12:00am: 4-H Woodmen Skills Comp (Location TBA)

10:00am: Petting Zoo @ Festival Grounds

10:30am: Bear Hollow Carving

10:30am – 12:00pm: Dear Parents Band (more info at gate)

11:00am – 2:00pm: Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Exhibit

12:00pm – until: Professional Timber Competitions @ Competition Hill

1:00pm: David Procell & Mike Roberts (live music)

2:30pm: Auction at Bear Hollow Carving

5:00pm: Dinosaur Show @ Jurassic Kingdom

**All food vendors are located inside the midway. Drinks and Festival Shirts are available for sale at the Coca-Cola trailer.

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