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Louisiana's Angola Prison Rodeo Rides Through October. by Amanda Burleigh Fall is here and that means it’s time for the annual Angola Prison Rodeo at Louisiana State Penitentiary. The longest running prison rodeo in the country, the event started as a form of recreation for the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a.k.a. Angola, inmates and as entertainment for the prison employees and residents of the surrounding community located 59 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. As interest grew, the rodeo was opened to the general public in 1967 and has become one of the most popular events in Louisiana. Held every Sunday in October, the Angola Prison Rodeo has been called “the wildest show in the South” and with good reason. Aside from the usual rodeo events, like barrel racing and bull riding, the rodeo has a variety of events that can’t be found anywhere else. One of the most dangerous is Convict Poker. This exhilarating event consists of four convicts sitting around a table “playing poker” when a bull is released and charges for them. The last one sitting is the winner! Although all rodeo contestants and many of the workers are inmates, it is a professional production with professional judges and rodeo clowns. There

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