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Visiting Central Louisiana

Alexandria, in the heart of Central Louisiana and Rapides Parish, is the geographical center of Louisiana. The Alexandria Aces host the last home games of 2013 at Bringhurst Field in August, marking back to school time and great weather to enjoy Central Louisiana’s outdoors. The Alexandria-Pineville community is a gateway to the Kistachie National Forest where hikers, mountain bikers and hunters flock to enjoy the trails and wildlife.

This is the time to enjoy the waters and shores of Kincaid Reservoir and surrounding pine forests. To the north the picturesque setting of Stuart Lake Recreation Complex and Iatt Lake Observation Pier draw outdoor enthusiast enjoying the beautiful fall weather. In town the Alexandria Zoological Park opens the Land of the Jaguar on September 28th.

South of Alexandria, celebrate the Louisiana tradition of the parish fair at September’s Allen Parish Fair. The 2013 events take place in Oberlin, 15 miles south of Oakdale on US 165 South, September 20th through 22nd. Bring the family, there is fun for all ages with midway fun, food, and games along with live concerts and entertainment. Be sure to catch the excitement of the stock show and rodeo while you are there.

A treasure of West Feliciana Parish, St. Francisville boasts it is "Soothing to the Soul – and visitors quickly discover why. A small authentic Louisiana community, St. Francisville is home to historic plantation homes open for public tours; the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge where national bald–cypress trees dominate the landscape; along with festive celebrations and events.

St. Francisville hosts the 25th Annual Southern Garden Symposium & Workshops October 18th and 19th. The 2013 Symposium features award winning garden designers John Brookes from Britain, and John Grady Burns. Events take place in scenic surroundings including Afton Villa Gardens, Rosedown Plantation, and Jackson Hall at Grace Church.

A visit to Louisiana’s northwest central community of Natchitoches is a must during the holidays. One of the Bayou State’s top holiday festivals, the Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights is a spectacular experience. The 2013 Festival of Lights runs November 23rd through January 6th, 2014, marking the 87th year for the Natchitoches Holiday Lights festival.

Saturday, December 7th in Natchitoches is the daylong Christmas Festival featuring live music, arts & crafts and fireworks over Cane River Lake. Join the festivities downtown while you enjoy the lights and displays along the Came River. Arrive early morning for the Natchitoches City of Lights 5K and make the entire day a holiday celebration.

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