from football, a religious affair here in the bayou, October is full of
activities, fairs and parties. One of the oddest (at least to my mind) is
the infamous Angola Prison Rodeo which runs every Sunday in
For those of you who might not know about.
Angola, I will give you a very brief introduction. The
Louisiana State Penitentiary, better known as
Angola and nicknamed ‘Alcatraz of the South’ and
‘The Farm’ is the largest maximum-security prison
in the States. It is located in West Feliciana Parish
on 18,000 acres and bordered by the Mississippi
River on three sides. Like everything else down
here, it is not a normal prison. Angola is a working
prison farm, producing about 4 million pounds of
vegetable crops a year.it.
In 1964 some enterprising individuals decided to
have some fun with the prisoners and the Angola
Prison Rodeo was born. In 1967, the doors were
opened to the public. Over the following years,
bleachers were erected, the rules from the
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association were
adopted, an Arts and Crafts festival was added,
and stock animals and clowns were brought in for
the visiting children. The current 10,000-person
stadium opened in 2000 and prisoner
organizations sell food, good old family recipes
from the south. Ah … life in the bayou.
seems wrong to me. But hey, to each his own.
For more information on the Angola Prison Rodeo (or tickets) click HERE.