Tickets for the longest running prison rodeo in the nation, the Angola Prison Rodeo, are now on sale. This wildly popular annual event is held at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, located at the end of Highway 66, about twenty-two miles northwest of St. Francisville, which is on 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. Tickets for the hobby crafts only are $10, but will not be available until after the rodeo tickets are sold out. A lot of people go just for the unbelievable hobby crafts, which 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.

The gates open at 9:00 am, the rodeo begins at 2:00 pm, and the hobby crafts are open until 5:00 pm each day. Proceeds cover rodeo expenses, and go to the Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Welfare Fund. This is a really fun family event, so make plans to go this October!