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BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Beauregard Parish celebrated 100 years this weekend.

A celebration took place at the parish fairgrounds in DeRidder on Saturday. 

"We're looking good for 100 years," said Gary Crowe, president of the Beauregard Parish Fair Association and Vice President of the Beauregard Parish Police Jury.

A lot of work was put into the birthday celebration. It was full of food, fun and music.

And as folks celebrated, Crowe remembered when Beauregard was still working to welcome more residents.

"When I was growing up, (Hwy. 171) was a gravel road between here and Leesville and I rode my bicycle on the gravel road. Now, it's four lanes all the way to Lake Charles and all the way to Shreveport both directions," Crowe said.

And the parish is still growing. 

"We're looking forward to a long time in the parish," Crowe said.

Some interesting facts about the parish's history:

Beauregard Parish became it's own parish in 1913 and in 1915 women received the right to vote, while the rest of the women in the country couldn't vote until 1920. 

The parish was named after General Pierre G.T. Beauregard. 

Beauregard Parish was one of the last parishes in the State of Louisiana to be established.

It is home of the historic "Hanging Jail" which is famous for a double execution in 1928

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