Sabine Freestate Festival Brings History to Life 

The 42nd Annual Sabine Freestate Festival will be Nov. 4–6 in Florien to commemorate “No Man’s Land” also known as the “Neutral Strip” of Louisiana that harbored bandits, robbers, and those seeking a safe haven from the law in the early 1800’s. 

Pre-festival events include a Big Buck competition, adult division, that opens on Oct. 29.  

The festival officially begins Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 am with the veteran’s breakfast. All veterans are invited to attend. Guest speaker Command Sgt. Major Dennis Cobb will speak at 9 am for the veteran’s program. Education day ends at 1:30 pm and the BBQ cook–off check-in opens.  Music by Southern Country and a street dance can be found on Ellie boulevard stage at 6:30 pm. Bingo will begin at 8:30 pm at the Florien train depot. 

Saturday, Nov. 5 sparks a day full of fun and festivities! The trail ride kicks off bright and early at 7 am on Saturday morning. Midkiff’s Gold Run 5K and kids 1K dash will begin at 8 am. Lewis family trick roping will start at 10 am. A parade will coast through the town at 11 am. A car show sponsored by the Toledo Cruisers will be on display at noon. At 1:45 pm a skeet shoot tournament starts. 5 pm will mark the end of the BBQ cook-off, Lewis family trick roping, and the car show. The BBQ cook-off winner will be announced at 6:45 pm. Born to Boogie will play at 7 pm with a street dance on Ellie boulevard.   

The festival will conclude Sunday, Nov. 6 with gospel singing at 10:30 am, community church service at 11 am, Lewis Family Trick Roping at 2 pm, and movie night beginning at 6 pm.

For a full schedule of events, visit or call the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at (318) 256-5880. 

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