Tickets for the longest running prison rodeo in the nation, the Angola Prison Rodeo, are now on sale. This popular annual event, which began in 1965, is held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, about twenty-two miles northwest of St. Francisville, off of Highway 61. The rodeo sells out quickly, so if you are thinking of making the trek, then you need to get your tickets before it sells out.

The fall rodeo is held every Sunday in October, and tickets are $20, which includes entrance into the hobby crafts area as well. New this year: hobby craft tickets will NOT be sold separately. Once the rodeo tickets are sold out, hobby craft tickets will not be a available. The hobby crafts are pretty amazing and they include, jewelry, leather crafts, paintings, and woodworking, all made by prisoners. The concession booths are absolutely top notch, and are spread throughout the rodeo and crafts areas. The Prison Band, and several inmate bands perform during the festivities, and they also play during the rodeo activities. And they are really good, and take pride in their musicianship!

The dates for the Angola Prison Rodeo this year are October 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Doors open at 9:00 am and the rodeo begins at 2:00 pm. The hobby crafts area is open until 5:00 pm. Ticket information is HERE.

New policies are in effect this year concerning cell phones, and purses, so be sure to check those out before you go.