Wednesday, March 14, 2018


In its January 29, 1976 issue the Bossier Banner-Progress proclaimed that the “Louisiana Hayride” music show had been around for twenty-eight years and was still going strong.
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“The internationally known country music show/broadcast, ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ a division of ‘Hayride U.S.A.’ is still going strong after twenty-eight years of good old, down home-style country entertainment. Known as the ‘Cradle of the Stars,’ the Hayride has its own auditorium and restaurant located six miles south of Benton.”

“Every Saturday night at 7:45 the fun begins with a two hour stage presentation, broadcast over Shreveport radio KWKH. It is heard throughout most of the nation and in many foreign countries. More than 700 people can enjoy the fine entertainment in the Hayride auditorium. Approximately 350 can be seated at tables with about the same number in the audience. The dance begins at 10:00 pm with a full bar available. On Fridays there is a dance which begins at 8:30.”

“Prices for the Saturday night show are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 12. The dance admission is $3.00 per person. If you want to see the show and dance, it’s $4.00.”

“A recent and welcomed addition to the Hayride complex is the ‘Hayride Kitchen.’ Operated by one of the nation’s largest and most experienced caterers, it is one of the finest and most attractive facilities in the Southwest. Over 250 people can enjoy the delicious country cooking served family style.”

“The National Star Search, another aspect of the ‘Louisiana Hayride,’ is conducting a perpetual talent hunt. In its many years of existence, the Hayride has sent on to superstardom such artists as Johnny Cash, David Houston, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Elvis Presley, the Wilburn Brothers, Red Sovine, Farron Young and many others. The Hayride also engages in music publishing, professional recording, personal management of artists and talent booking.”

“Also, the Hayride auditorium is ideal for meetings and conventions. Entertainment and meals can be furnished to any specification. The walls of the auditorium are available for unique advertising space.”

“The complete ‘Louisiana Hayride’ show is available for out of town engagements on any other day than Saturday. Any organization wishing to sponsor an appearance of the show is invited to contact the Hayride.”

The primary run of Louisiana Hayride ended in 1960. KWKH continued packaged music tours under the Hayride name until 1969. A new Louisiana Hayride located at a dinner theatre facility in Bossier City was a syndicated radio show that ran until 1987. To learn more visit the Bossier
Parish Library History Center.

By: Ann Middleton

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