The purpose of the Expo Center is to provide the community with a multi-use events facility — with an emphasis on equestrian and 4-H activities — which can be used as a resource for economic development.
Our aim is to attract diverse entertainment to the community in a safe, user-friendly environment.
The Dixon Family
Bill & Mary Lee Dixon
Mary Lee and Bill Dixon took their passion for cutting horses and turned it into a multimillion dollar charitable gift to the Ascension Parish community. After their family business went public, the Dixons were actively seeking a way to tie their professional expertise into a charitable project.
“We’ve been blessed by the business doing well and feel we should give something back to the community,” Mary Lee explained. “I had great teachers in ‘giving back what you get’ in my parents and Kevin (Reilly Sr.) and his wife Dee Dee. That’s what Bill and I are trying to do.”
The result? The Dixons constructed the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, a state of the art multi-use events facility that will support charitable organizations and community development. For several years Mary Lee and Bill dreamed of creating a place for equestrian events that would also serve as a multi-purpose events venue in their home parish. Located on St. Landry Road, about a mile from Tanger Outlet Mall, the Expo Center offers parish residents an exposition center capable of seating several thousand people. Mary Lee is the daughter of Charles Lamar Jr., founder of outdoor advertiser Lamar Corporation and Bill is a professional cutting horse trainer and competitor. In 1997, they established the Bill and Mary Lee Lamar-Dixon Fund to support organizations that focus on the education of nontraditional students. Additionally, Bill and Mary Lee, and her brother Charlie Lamar and his wife Carole, serve as donor advisors to the Charles and Josephine Lamar Memorial Fund, a fund that honors their late parents.
The Expo Center is a result of the Dixons combining their professional experience, interests and community needs into one philanthropic project. “This is what we know,” Mary Lee said. “This is how we can give something unique to the community.”
In 2009, the Lamar Dixon Expo Center officially became an Ascension Parish owned facility. Ascension Parish was able to purchase the facility through the use of grants and private donations and without having to use local tax dollars.
Types of Events
The Lamar Dixon Expo Center is ideal for:
- Equestrian Events
- Horse & Cattle Sales
- Horse Shows
- Trade Shows
- RV/Car/Truck Shows
- Archery Tournaments
- Science Fairs
- Antique Shows
- Boat Shows
- Craft Shows
- Farm Equipment Demonstrations
- Hog, Sheep, Dog, Cat & Bird Shows
- Musical Concerts
- School Fairs
- Flea Markets
- Tractor Pulls/Monster Trucks
Lamar-Dixon Expo Center Rules & Requirements
In any Buildings, Restrooms, Arena Seating Areas, or Offices
Please dispose of Cigarette Butts responsibly
In rows between the barns. (Short Term Unloading only please)
Within 25 feet of the end of the barn, or designated fire lanes. Please do not block the aisles
Vehicles may be parked next to the green fence leading to
the Arenas, please do not block any of the double gates within that green fence
stalls are metal 10’x10’ and have a sand base
Do not remove stall fronts from the stalls
Rolling Receptacles are available in the barn area for all trash and animal waste.
Please do not dump manure on the grounds outside the stall area.
Please, No outside shavings or straw.
All Dogs Must Be On A Leash:
No dogs in any arena or building, only in the barn area or RV area.
ADA working dogs & dogs participating in shows are the only exception
Trailers/RV’s with living quarters that require any type of water, electric, or sewer hook-up will only be hooked up in the RV Park.
Trailers shall not be hooked up to power in the stall barns.
Trash should be placed in the gray Rolling Receptacles placed through-out the RV Lots.
Please do not leave trash bags outside
your trailer on the ground.
Persons requiring handicap accommodations or with special needs, should bring this to Staff attention
Cooking is only permitted in the limestone areas and in the RV parks
Children Are The Responsibility Of Their Parents.
With the safety of your children in mind, we at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center require that:
No roller skates, scooters, or bicycles are allowed on the premises.
A valid Drivers License is required for all Operators of any/all Motorized Vehicles.
All horses should be washed in the wash racks at the back end of the stall barns.
No washing in front or middle of barns at the water troughs.
No horses allowed inside the green fences in the Arenas. All horses must enter and exit from C Arena, the arena between D Arena and B Arena which feeds the Outdoor Arena.
No horses are allowed in any of the grassy areas around the oak trees.
No riding horses other than in the designated arenas, no riding on the roads, RV Lots outside the designated areas around the barns or in the arenas.
Swimming in the Lakes is prohibited
Public Service Announcement:
In case of a Chemical Emergency, please Exit to the North of the (Main) D Arena upstairs into the Banquet Rooms. You will be directed by Lamar-Dixon Expo Center Staff. Please stay calm upon exiting to a safe place. Lamar-Dixon has an All-Call system upon which everyone will be notified. On EVERY Monday, there is a test siren that goes off at Noon. This is only a test.
If you are in your RV, please turn the AC off, and put towels over open air vents. This situation is what they call Shelter In Place and we’ve not had to do that since we’ve been open, but we do need to be PREPARED.