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JUN 2018

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t June 2018 44 Ascension Parish Ascension Parish is just an hour away from New Orleans and is considered part of the Baton Rouge metro area. The Parish is home to the cities of Donaldson- ville, Gonzales and Sorrento. Hotels: 25 properties Major facilities: Butch Gore Memo- rial Park houses four lighted competition softball fields and two practice fields on its 20-acre complex. Darrow Community Center Park offers a baseball field that can host adult softball as well as youth baseball. The Lamar Dixon Expo Center is a multi-use facility that can host a wide range of events in its multiple buildings. Contact: Ascension Parish Tourist Commission, Baton Rouge The state capital, Baton Rouge has numerous venues that can accommodate sports ranging from baseball and soccer to waterskiing and golf. In recent years the city has hosted championships in softball, track, baseball and soccer. Hotel rooms: 11,000 Major facilities: Burbank Soccer Com- plex features 22 soccer fields. Oak Villa Sports Complex has eight baseball/softball fields, Traction Sportsplex West includes five baseball fields. Team Automotive Group Sportsplex consists of three basket- ball courts and five volleyball courts. Convention center: The Raising Cane's River Center is within walking distance of various attractions downtown. The multipurpose venue has more than 200,000 square feet of space, including 70,000 square feet of contiguous, col- umn-free space. Contact: SportsBR, Inc., Breaux Bridge Breaux Bridge is a small city in Southern Louisiana. The city is known as the Craw- fish Capital of the World and is home to Louisiana is commonly known as a Sportsman's Paradise for its natural splendor, as well as its fields, courts and courses. The Pelican State has every type of venue or facility for sports – whether on land or water – and a unique assortment of cultural and entertainment opportunities to enjoy before or after the games. "Off the field, Louisiana is a cultural playground that offers good times with our world-renowned cuisine, lively music, family entertainment and historical preservation," said Barry Landry, director of commu- nications for the Louisiana Office of Tourism. "Our destination is a one-of-a-kind place that creates memorable experiences found only in Louisiana." n ◄ Fishing Tournament in St. Tammany Parish SPOTLIGHT ON: LOUISIANA Creole Nature Trail Visitors can get a true Louisiana experience on the Creole Nature Trail. The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road offers alli- gator adventures – alligators outnumber humans 300 to 1! – airboat rides, shelling on the unspoiled Gulf beaches and bird watching: more than 400 species migrate to the area each spring. n MUST SEE: Photo courtesy

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