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Angola's crafts fair to happen in December

Items that normally would have been sold during those weekends will be on sale Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Credit: AP
Inmates participate in the Angola Prison Rodeo in Angola, La., Saturday, April 26, 2014. Louisiana’s most violent criminals, many serving life sentences for murder, are the stars of the Angola Prison Rodeo, the nation’s longest-running prison rodeo that this year celebrates 50 years. The event has grown from a small “fun” event for prisoners into big business, with proceeds going into the Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate Welfare Fund for inmate education and recreational supplies. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

WEST FELICIANA PARISH, La. — BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With the latest COVID-19 surge ebbing, the Louisiana State Penitentiary has created a one-day arts and crafts fair to partly make up for the pandemic-prompted cancellation of its rodeo.

“Because of waning infection rates and increasing vaccination rates inside our state prisons, we have been able to reopen prisoner visitation and now are able to open the prison to the public,” state Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc said in a news release Friday.

The department announced in August that it was canceling the rodeo for an unprecedented second year in a row. The rodeo and an accompanying arts and crafts fair had been slated for each weekend in October.

Items that normally would have been sold during those weekends will be on sale Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They include handmade jewelry, leathercrafts, paintings, barbecue pits, swings, rocking chairs, and tables.

 

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