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It's finally spring in Shreveport, and I love it!  One of my favorite things to do when the weather gets right is to load up the family and hit the road for some delicious manual labor.  I'm talking about an awesome day, soaking up the sun while you fill your baskets with berries - and right now, it's strawberry time!

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Before you go all "why would I pay to do manual labor?" - just hear me out.  If you're doing this as a date, you'd better be the outdoorsy-type that loves nature.  If that's you, it could be romantic.  For example: I wouldn't take a bachelor/bachelorette party here, but if you've got a family (especially one with young children), you'd be hard pressed to find a better daytrip.  As an added bonus, your kids will love picking strawberries so much, they'll completely wear themselves out doing it.  I'd be surprised if they make it 10 minutes in the car before they pass out till morning.


Plus, strawberries are the cornerstone of so many delicious spring/summer treats (including some of the alcoholic variety), it's pretty simple to find a delicious way to have the literal fruits of your labor.  To misquote Bubba from the movie Forrest Gump, "There's strawberry shortcake, strawberry daquiris, chocolate strawberries, strawberry flambé..."

Time to grab the sunscreen, bug spray, some bottled water, and hit the road!

These 2 Berry-Picking Farms are Less Than 50 Mi. From Shreveport

It's time to put your family to work for fun, pictures, memories, and those sweet, sweet strawberries. These are the 2 closest places to Shreveport where you can fill your basket with the juiciest berries around.

50+ Pictures of Shreveport's Abandoned Historic Fairgrounds Field

Before you know it, Shreveport's historic Fairgrounds Field will be will be exactly that - history. Once the legal wrangling is done, the proverbial endangered-bat-guano will hit the fan and the once glorious Ratchet-City cathedral to baseball will be demolished and gone.

Before it "bats" its final inning, let's take a final look at the glory that once was. I warn you though, it's kind of like seeing that super-hot girl from high school 20 years later - and time has not been kind.

These awesome pictures were provided by urban photographer extraordinaire Ron DeBello.

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

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