Sawmill Days, held the third weekend in May, “tells it like it was” in Fisher at the turn of the last century during the early days of lumbering in Louisiana. It recaptures the flavor of life in a sawmill village with a wide variety of events. Featured are an old fashioned jamboree of country, western, bluegrass, and gospel music, a flea market, folk arts and crafts, horse and wagon rides, square dancing, food, horse shoe pitching, fiddlin’, and numerous other games and contests with prizes.
Sawmill Days is a homecoming for former residents of Fisher as well as former residents of new extinct sawmill towns. It is also the annual reunion of alumni from Fisher High School, which closed in 1946. Reminiscing spans the years as some have seen oxen and mules give way to tractors and today’s skidders. and the cross cut saw relinquish the stage to chain saws and hydraulic shearing machines. They’ve also heard the rhythemic pulsing of the shotgun log carriage and awakened, gone to work and returned home at the command of the mill whistle.
Fisher Sawmill Days was first held in 1976, the bicentennial year – 2003 marks the 28th year of the festival. Seeing Fisher is a delight to those who appreciate a turn-of-the-century village. Fisher Sawmill Days hosts the World Championship Southern Pine Wood Derby Races. This growing event sparks the interest of both children and adults.