There are many events that take place each year from family and class reunions to large annual events such as the Celebration of Butterflies.  The following are a list of several large events that take place in our town:


March – the Northwest Louisiana Chicken Show – This event brings poultry folks from all over Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.


May - Haynesville Oil Town Trade Days - This event brings in many vendors that have new and used goods, foods, flowers, pottery and just about anything you could want.  Click the link to download a vendor form if you would like to participate as a vendor. 


June – The Claiborne Charities Golf Classic – This two-day tournament benefits citizens of Claiborne Parish which may have extra needs.



September – The Celebration of Butterflies – This event brings in butterfly lovers from all over the country for both fun and educational reasons. Click here for Vendor Registration Form



September – The Claiborne Parish Fair and Northwest LA Dairy Festival – This week-long fair showcases a fairgrounds midway, 4-H activities, as well as, prize competition in all types of arts, crafts and cooking categories.


Fall also brings football where Haynesville is proud of its team, which has won 14 state championships.  The season brings out lots of people to enjoy high school football at its best. Go Tors!

1711 Main Street

Haynesville, LA 71038


Phone: 318.624.0911

Fax: 318.624.1308





Butterfly Festival

The annual butterfly festival for Louisiana is held on a Saturday in mid September at the Claiborne Parish Fairgrounds in Haynesville, the Butterfly Capital of Louisiana.  The Haynesville Celebration of Butterflies will be a festival focused on nature:  butterflies, other insects, butterfly gardening, native plants, herb gardening, conservation, nature craft vendors, and include food, fun, and music.


Vendors Sought for Butterfly Festival

Food and craft vendors are being sought for the annual Haynesville Celebration of Butterflies.   For more information, contact Pat Bourn, (318) 624-1216 or Ethel Killgore, (318) 624-1367. Download vendor form here: Vendor Registration Form



Festival Highlights

  • Musical Entertainment
  • Parade
  • Community Art & Photo Exhibits
  • Butterfly Collections
  • Butterfly Conservatory with live butterflies
  • Nature Photography Contest
  • Flower Exhibit & Contest
  • Butterfly Books, Posters, and T-shirts
  • Nature Displays
  • Water Conservation Display Trailer
  • Butterfly Plant sale
  • Construction of take-home Butterfly Towers
  • Craft & Food Vendors
  • Face Painting
  • And much more...

Direction to Festival Site




Haynesville is located on U.S. Highway 79 near the AR border.  It is approximately 1 1/2 hours from Shreveport, and Ruston, 30 minutes from Magnolia, El Dorado, Minden, and Springhill.



Claiborne Parish Fair

The Claiborne Parish Fair is held in mid-October.  The fair will have both day and night time activities.  Daytime activities will include School Group Day, Judgings and Bingo.  Night time activities will include livestock judging and of course games and rides on the Mid-Way.


Click here to see the 2011 Fair Schedule



Fair Highlights

Carnival Parade

Rides and MidWay Fun

Livestock Show & Sale

Cooking Courses

Bakery Contests

Arts & Crafts Contests

Musical  Groups

Crafts &  Booths

Fair Pageant

And Much more…

  Directions to the Fair

The Claiborne Parish Fair Grounds are in Haynesville, Louisiana, which is located on U.S. Highway 79 near the Arkansas border. It it approximately 1 1/2 hours from Shreveport, and Ruston, 30 minutes from Magnolia, El Dorado, Minden and Springhill.

RV Hook-ups available - call City Hall at 318-624-0911.


In addition to the general exhibits, 4-H, FBLA, FHA, and FFA organizations may enter the fair booth competition. Booths are judged on educational value, social and economic importance, and appearance. Spaces are assigned and booth dimensions are 4 feet wide, 4 feet high, and 4 feet deep. Premiums will be paid to those who enter. Booth space is also available for schools who would like to put up booths to promote their schools. These are not judged and premiums are not paid on these booths. Fair booths may be set up Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Booths must be removed on Friday by 9 a.m.


Removal time for art entries will be Friday from 8-9 a.m. in the south end of the fair building. Art receiving a first or second will be held over for state fair competition. All other art will be released.


Removal time for general exhibits will be between the hours 8-9 a.m. on Friday in the Little School House. First and second places may compete in the State Fair of Louisiana.


Entries may be made by Claiborne Parish exhibitors in the following divisions: arts and crafts; clothing; culinary; food preservation; home accessories; photography; crops and vegetables; and many In each division there are special categories for exhibitors under the age of 14, over age 14, adult, and senior citizens. Again this year the fair will feature the new category: Claiborne Art Special. In this category pre-school through third grade can compete in their own age grouping in the following classes: pen or pencil drawing; crayon drawing; water color picture; oil picture; acrylic picture; pastel or charcoal picture; mixed medium picture. Winners from this group are not eligible to compete at the State Fair of Louisiana.


Arts and crafts division includes: basketry, birdhouse, braiding, carving, ceramics, decoupage, fabric decoration, fabric painting, tie dying, graphics, jewelry, leather craft, macramй, metal tooling or etching, mosaics, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, watercolor paintings, papier mache, plaster molds, rubbings, weaving, wood burning, wood crafts.


In the food preservation division entries include: canned fruits and vegetables, pickles and relishes, preserves, jellies and jams. Canned products must be exhibited in a jar manufactured for home canning in the size stated in the class entered. Jelly must be exhibited in one-half pint (8 ounce) canning jar. Any jar with paraffin on top will be disqualified.


The culinary entries include: six plain breakfast muffins, six bran breakfast muffins, one pone cornbread, six biscuits, six yeast rolls, and loaf of yeast bread.


In the cake class entries may include: chocolate cake, any icing; angel food cake, no icing; pound cake, no icing; layer cake, any icing; sponge cake, no icing; decorated cake.

The pie class entries include: sweet potato pie, no meringue; chocolate pie; apple pie; custard pie, no meringue; and pecan pie.


Cookie class entries include: six nut cookies; six plain cookies; and six other cookies.


Candy class entries include: six pieces of divinity with nuts; six pieces of fudge with nuts; six pieces of peanut brittle; six pieces of date loaf, and six pieces of other candy.


Home accessories division includes: two pot holders or oven mitts; placemats and napkins or table runner and napkins; handmade pillow without needlework; decorated pillowcase (case may be ready made); bulletin board; waste basket; desk or tabletop accessory; door decoration; holiday; decoration for house or Christmas tree; handmade pillow with needlework or quilting; quilt; or a comforter with pillow shams; afghan (crochet or knit); latch hook (rug, wall hanging, or pillow); needlework picture; weaving wall hanging; rigid wall hanging; storage aides; other.


Clothing division includes: aprons, blouses; skirts, school dresses; pants; shorts; sportswear; painted garment (garment can be ready-made); boy's garment made by boy, special occasion; church wear.


Crops and vegetables include: corn; seeds and grains; fresh fruits and vegetables. These categories include: corn, white peas, speckled peas, crowder peas, Spanish peanuts; runner peanuts; white lima beans; colored lima beans; unshelled pecans; chestnuts; turnips greens; mustard greens; turnips with tops attached; tomatoes; eggplants; long radishes; round radishes; bell peppers; hot peppers; green okra; green onions; snap beans; purple hull peas; summer squash; winter squash; watermelon; pumpkins; cushaw, Irish potatoes; sweet potatoes; cabbage; pears; carrots; beets; pomegranates; apples; cucumbers; sugarcane.


The egg division includes: one dozen white shell eggs; one dozen brown shell eggs.

Senior Citizens, residents 60 years or older, may enter these categories: aprons; garments and accessories (machine sewed); afghan; pillows; pillow cases; rugs; quilts; crochet; knitting; handwork; painting; woodwork; and leisure activities and hobbies.


The LSU Agricultural Center's Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Claiborne Parish Fair Board helps present the fair each year.


For more information on fair entries please contact your local Extension Office at (318) 927-3110.






This is the newest event in our town. It brings in many vendors that have everything you can think of. It was great success and we look forward to this annual event. 

Click this link if you want to be a vendor:

Haynesville Oil Town Trade Days - Vendor Form





Parks and Recreation

Ronnie Fields, Director

  • Haynesville City Park located on Stadium Drive includes the city pond, swimming pool, basketball court, two baseball/softball fields, a T-Ball field, three tennis courts, riding arena, and playground equipment.
  • The Haynesville Golf Course is located on Price Drive, off Hwy 79 or Hwy Alt 2.
  • Woodson Park located on McDonald Street includes swimming pool, basketball court, two tennis courts and playground equipment.  Also located on Betters Way is the Senior Citizen Park.
  • Woodson Field is located off Hwy 79 South and includes two baseball/softball fields.