THE LSU AGCENTER'S 69th annual Livestock Show will have a new home this year as the Feb. 7-14 events move to the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La.

The move was necessitated by the LSU master plan, which calls for demolition of a portion of the livestock barns on campus in Baton Rouge to make way for an emerging technology center and improved traffic flow into the campus.

But officials say there are a number of advantages to the new facilities — and that many things won't change despite the new location.

“Although moving to new facilities this year marks a big change for our livestock show, most of the things you'll see at the show will remain the same,” said LSU AgCenter Chancellor William B. “Bill” Richardson. “Better yet, the new facilities have a lot of advantages, such as less traffic congestion, more available parking and greatly increased space for motor homes.

“I believe everyone will be pleased with the quality of these facilities — especially the young people who gain the most from the experience.”

The Lamar Dixon Expo Center began last year to host the South Central District Livestock Show that is one of the preliminaries to the state livestock show. Now it also will be home to the state show, which brings approximately 4,000 4-H and FFA youth from across Louisiana to the area.

During this year of transition, no bids were received from a rodeo producer. As a result, there will not be a rodeo conducted in connection with the livestock show this year, but a variety of other activities will be available at Lamar Dixon during the show.

In addition, the traditional 4-H Mini Farm on campus this year will be replaced by a larger event known as AgMagic. That event will fill the John M. Parker Agricultural Coliseum with a variety of educational programs geared toward school groups April 20-29 — and a day for the public on April 24.