Festivals and Events
Dogwood Festival – held the first Saturday in April of each year. This festival is a family-friendly event including arts & crafts, food booths, a parade, and a domino tournament. Available for purchase are tasty homemade jams and jellies by the locals including the increasingly popular (and delicious tasting) mayhaw jelly, produced from local crops.
Louisiana Mudfest – held on scheduled weekends throughout the year. This is a family-owned business located in southwest Grant Parish offering over 300 acres for people to visit for recreation, relaxation, fishing, mud riding, and occasional live entertainment. For more information, please contact http://www.louisianamudfest.com/.
LA Pecan Festival - held each November in downtown Colfax. The Louisiana Pecan Festival draws visitors from all corners of the country to celebrate the pecan, a famous nut that is commonly used in the region. From salads to pecan pies, the many versatile uses of the nut are on display at the festival, with attendees able to sample different varieties that have a unique taste. The average attendance at the event is roughly 70,000 people per year. Many competitions and events are held during this festival including the crowning of the Festival Queen, cooking demonstration, and, of course, the best pecan pie contest along with musical entertainment and a parade. For more information, please visit http://www.lapecanfestival.com.
Grant Parish is proud to have part of the Kisatchie National Forest within the parish lines. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking and fishing at Stuart Lake (near Pollock), ATV and horse riding trails at Camp Livingston, and hiking and nature trails throughout the parish. For more information, contact US Forest Service, Catahoula District, (318) 765-3554.
A variety of recreation opportunities can be found in Grant Parish. With the numerous lakes and rivers in the parish and Kisatchie National Forest, there are plenty of activities for visitors and residents.
The Colfax Recreation Area is a $2.4 million facility located on the Red River (LA Hwy. 158) and offers overnight camping sites ($12 per site fee), picnic pavilions, playground, bathhouse along with boat ramp, floating marina and parking for vehicles and trailers. To reserve a campsite or for more information, contact (318) 627-2640. The Red River Waterway Commission maintains this facility.
Smaller public boat landings at Colfax and Montgomery also offer access to the Red River. Other areas popular with recreationists include Iatt, Nantachie and Hardwater Lakes, Little River, Camp Livingston and Breezy Hill (primitive camping, hiking, four-wheeler and dirt bike trails and hunting).
There are public access boat ramps on the area's major lakes, and several sites along Little River. All of these waterways are popular for fishing, boating and hunting, while Little River and Red River can also be enjoyed by water-skiers.
Numerous convenience stores throughout the parish provide hunting and fishing licenses, fishing and camping needs, gas and propane for those who hunt and fish, and are also a good source of information as to where the fish are biting and what's available in the area.
There are 8 schools located throughout Grant Parish which are governed by the eight-member Grant Parish School Board. Click here for more information about our schools and the most recent performance statistics.