164th State Fair Announces Entertainment, Idol Auditions

July 17, 2023

The Commodores
The Commodores perform Saturday, October 14

The Mississippi State Fairgrounds announced the musical and entertainment lineup, as well as new attractions slated for the 164th Mississippi State Fair. Several nationally recognized artists will perform inside the Mississippi Coliseum throughout the upcoming State Fair, which will be held October 5-15, 2023. This year, the Mississippi State Fair will also host a talent competition where winners and runners-up will have the chance to win a VIP Executive Producer Audition for American Idol.

Performers include:

  • Grammy-nominated country music star Josh Turner will perform on Thursday, October 5, as part of his “Long Black Train 20th Anniversary Tour” following his opening act, Mississippi native and winner of “The Voice,” Todd Tilghman.
  • Ultimate Line Dance Xperience will be held on Sunday, October 8, and will remain open to the public from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • On Thursday, October 12, Mississippian Walker Wilson will open for up-and-coming country music star ERNEST.
  • Mississippi native and comedian Rita Brent will provide a comedy show for the public on Friday, October 13, along with JJ Williamson, Kerwin Claiborne, Marvin Hunter and DJ Koolaid.
  • On Saturday, October 14, Motown and R&B artists, The Commodores, will perform following their opening act, Four Washington.
  • The last headliner to perform will be Grammy-nominated Christian solo artist Jeremy Camp on Sunday, October 15, and Mississippi native Kayla Berry will open.

“We’re excited to announce the entertainers headlining this year’s Mississippi State Fair,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. “We always try to do something new and exciting for the State Fair. This year, our fairgrounds staff have put together a lineup of renowned musical artists, as well as an all-new comedy show and line dancing event. There is truly something for everyone at the Mississippi State Fair."

All tickets purchased in advance for the concerts and comedy show happening inside the Mississippi Coliseum will include regular fair admission. Tickets are available for purchase now at Ticketmaster.com. Local artists and bands will perform on the Michelob Ultra Main Stage near the Midway throughout the duration of the State Fair.

The Mississippi State Fair will also host a talent competition to recruit talent for the hit singing competition television series American Idol®, beginning Monday, October 9, inside the Mississippi Coliseum. The final five contestants selected throughout this process will have the chance to win a VIP Executive Producer Audition. To compete in the American Idol® auditions, visit msstatefair.com now to register online. This event will be open to the public with fair admission and a ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Coliseum Box Office.

“For the first time ever, we are proud to host performers right here at the Mississippi Fairgrounds in Jackson, with the chance to win an audition for the producers of the global hit show ‘American Idol,’” said Michael Lasseter, director of the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. “We are expecting people to travel from all over to our capital city in the hopes of making their dreams come true and we are thrilled to share such an opportunity. With these new attractions, shows and entertainment, as well as all the usual fairgoers’ favorites, it’s going to be an exciting year for the Mississippi State Fair!”

Additional details regarding local performers’ concerts and special attractions will be forthcoming soon. Follow the Mississippi State Fairgrounds on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.