The Mississippi State Fair opens October 6 in Downtown Jackson.
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MS State Fair Returns Oct. 6-17

The state fair is back in action!

The 162nd Mississippi State Fair returns Wednesday, October 6 through Sunday, October 17, with familiar midway rides, games and food, music and exhibits, and several new activities and events.

Additions to this year’s list include the ProRodeo Xtreme Bull Riding Fall Nationals tournament and Tri-State Rodeo in the Kirk Fordice Equine Center.

The 2021 State Fair will also include the first-ever Mississippi Frontier Village, featuring blacksmiths, train rides, pig races, shows, pony rides, a petting zoo and family fun.

A Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce release says, with COVID-19 in mind, organizers have “ensured the public will enjoy all the usual fun-filled activities while keeping fairgoers safe.”

Fair rides will be sanitized between each ride, and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the grounds. Guests may wish to bring and utilize a mask in case they are unable to maintain social distance. Face masks will be available at the gates to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

“Our staff has gone to great lengths to ensure the safety and security of our guests,” said Michael Lasseter, director of the Mississippi Fairgrounds Complex. “I am excited to once again offer visitors and families the chance to enjoy time together, with a day full of rides, shows, good food and entertainment.”

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS OF NOTE:

  • Musical acts performing on the Budweiser Stage located on the Midway include Smashmouth, Ginuwine, Riley Green, the Bar-Kays, Kayla Berry and the Mississippi Mass Choir. In addition, local acts will perform on the Trustmark Stage. All musical entertainment is free with regular fair admission.
  • Mississippi Heroes Night, Wednesday, October 6, will grant free admission to all law enforcement officers, first responders, firefighters, healthcare workers, medical professionals and active military personnel. Identification will be required at the gate.
  • A Firefighter Combat Challenge, a relay simulating the essential skills of firefighting, will be held on October 14 (individuals and teams at 4 pm and tandems and relays at noon on Friday, October 15). All firefighters are welcome to apply and compete.
  • The Ag Expo, presented by Farm Bureau at the Mississippi Trade Mart, will be open to the public each day of the fair. The Genuine MS® store, an antique and classic car show, vendors from across the nation, food preservation exhibits, arts and crafts and other educational showcases of Mississippi agriculture will be part of the event.
  • The 2021 State Fair will include the annual Horse, Mule and Pony Pulls in the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. The Pony Pull will begin at 1 pm on Friday, October 15. The Horse Pull will start at 10 am on Saturday, October 16, with the Mule Pull immediately following. The additional Mule Jump will take place between the Horse and Mule Pulls.
  • Senior American Day will be held on Wednesday, October 13, from 9 am to noon and will include musical entertainment by Bill Clark of Brandon, Leah Curry-Williams of Jackson and the William Carey Commissioners of Hattiesburg as well as a speech by Commissioner Andy Gipson. Flu and Pneumonia vaccines will be offered and administered by Walmart while supplies last.
  • In addition to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce’s famous Biscuit Booth, this year’s fair will include a Homemade Biscuit Eating Contest on the Trustmark Stage on Saturday, October 9, at noon. Register on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Facebook page to participate.
  • Daily activities will take place throughout the 105 acres of the Mississippi Fairgrounds complex. Children, and adults alike, will enjoy the Farm Bureau petting zoo area and pig races, the 4-H and FFA livestock shows and will be wowed by performers of the Zerbini Family Circus. Several other vendors, exhibits and attractions will be available to the public, including a stock dog trial, West Texas rattlesnake Show, the Mystic Wind Choctaw Dancers and more.

The Mississippi State Fair runs Wednesday, October 6, through Sunday, October 17, with a gate admission price of $5 per person and a parking fee of $5 per car. Children 6 and under will be admitted free. Purchase advance admission tickets at the Coliseum box office, 10 am – 5 pm on Wednesday, October 6. Enjoy free admission every weekday from 11 am – 1 pm (except on Monday, October 11). Tickets for the ProRodeo Xtreme Bull Riding Fall Nationals are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

For a list of daily events, including livestock shows, ride specials and the latest information, visit msstatefair.com online, download the Mississippi State Fair mobile app or follow the Mississippi State Fairgrounds on Facebook.