Cal-Cam Fair Coming Back Stronger

September 25, 2006
Reported by Josh Ault

Jan Nelson says, "This is the oldest fair at any place in the state of Louisiana."

83 years of family fun, but tradition didn't stand in Rita's way as she wreaked havoc on Southwest Louisiana.

"Last year at this time it was horrible," says Nelson, "there was nothing to it."

Leaving many, she says, to wonder if Cal-Cam was a thing of the past.

"They had rumours that the Calcasieu-Cameron Fair was no longer going to be here, so all through the year, starting 2006, people were under the impression that we're not going to have a fair and that was never going to happen."

Work is underway and Nelson says this year the two communities will unite once again.

"Very, very special year. Our theme is A New Beginning."

While there is still a long way to go before the October 17th kick-off, Nelson says this years event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with more rides, pageantry and of course, some of the best food Southwest Louisiana has to offer.

"Also, we're going to have live entertainment Thursday night through Sunday," says Nelson.

Just one more step towards recovery.

2006 Schedule of Events

Jackpot Livestock Show-October 14th West Cal Arena

Tuesday, October 17th
Fair Opens 4:00pm
Rides Open 5:00pm
Miss Cal-Cam Queen Pageant 7:00pm
Fair Closes 11:00pm

Wednesday, October 18th
Special Citizens Day 10:00am
Gates Open to Public 4:00pm
Rides Open 5:00pm
Jr. Miss Cal-Cam Queen Pageant 7:00pm
Fair Closes 11:00pm

Thursday, October 19th
Gates Open 4:00pm
Rides Open 5:00pm
Teen Miss Cal-Cam Pageant 6:30pm

Friday, October 20th
Gates Open 4:00pm
Rides Open 5:00pm
Live Entertainment on Stage 6:00-10:00pm
Fair Closes at Midnight

Saturday, October 21st
Parade Lineup 8:30am
Parade 10:00am
Gates Open 9:00am
Rides Open 10:00am
Little Miss, Tiny Tot Boy, Tiny Tot Girl, Darling Miss, and Petite Miss Pageant 1:00pm
Entertainment on Stage 7:00-10:00pm

Sunday, October 22nd
Gates Open at Noon
Rides Open at Noon