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Louisiana State Social Studies Fair 2019

Date & Location

Friday, May 1st, 2019

Burton Coliseum & Complex

7001 Gulf Hwy.

Lake Charles, LA



8:00 AM to 10:15 AM - Registration grades 4-12 (must have research paper)

10:15 AM to 10:45 AM - Judges’ meeting and orientation (students need to eat prior to judging)

10:45 AM to 1:30 PM - Judging

1:30 PM to 2:15 PM - Processing of judges forms

2:15 PM to 3:00 PM - Public Viewing of Projects

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Awards ceremony

4:00 PM to 4:30 PM - Removal of Projects


Hotel Information

Participants and their parents must make their own arrangements for staying in hotels. The Committee is currently working on hotel bookings. The State Social Studies website:


General Information

The Louisiana State Social Studies Fair will present special awards as designated areas and disciplines. The project will have to follow all the specifications as any other project (backboard and physical model) but can contain a technology element that helps in the presentation of the project. Projectors and screens are not permitted to be set up for presentation. A laptop and PowerPoint presentation may not be used to take the place of a backboard or physical model.

School uniforms may not be worn by participants at the State Fair. Names of schools, teachers, students, etc., may not be worn on buttons, ribbons, on the project, within the research paper, etc.

Participants may not utilize cell phones, two-way radios or any other communication device while judging is being conducted. Any participant caught violating this rule is subject to immediate disqualification. Parents can be assured that their child will be allowed to call them on such devices to arrange a meeting place once their project category has been completely judged.

Fair participants will be judged for a total of 4 minutes: 2 minutes to present their project to the judges and 2 minutes of questioning related to the project by the judges.

Please make sure your child has eaten before judging. Children should eat a substantial meal due to the length of judging.

Participants are responsible for all equipment and/or personal belongings that are used for the project or carried into the arena; this includes extension cords and power strips. The Louisiana State Social Studies Fair and the Burton Complex are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damage equipment.

Following the judging, participants will be released after ALL projects in the particular category are completely judged. At that time they must exit the judging area.

Only one participant will be allowed to present a project: this includes group projects. Group project participants must decide which member of the group will present the project. All other group members will not be allowed in the judging area once judging has begun.

Parents and guardians are not allowed in the judging area. Parents are asked to wait for their students outside the complex. We cannot allow anyone to wait inside the arena during judging due to noise. The arena concession stands on one side of the arena will be opened during judging for those waiting for students.

The decision of the judges is final.

Please remain seated until the entire award ceremony is complete in order to give everyone a chance to be acknowledged properly for his/her success.

Once the award ceremony is completed, you are free to take your project.

All projects that remain following the end of the awards ceremony will be discarded. The State Social Studies Fair Committee will NOT hold, store, guard projects that are not removed by the of the Fair day.

Awards for winners in the seven disciplines will be recognized with five places: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Such awards are planned for the 2019 Fair only. (The membership of the Louisiana State Social Studies Fair officers and regional directors will make a future decision regarding future awards.)