Friday, August 9, 2019

Ice Skating Coming to Jackson

Ag Commish Andy Gipson issued the following statement.

Today Commissioner Gipson announced the new addition of an indoor ice skating rink to the 2019 Mississippi State Fair. This year, fairgoers can expect to enjoy ice skating inside of the Mississippi Coliseum.

“I am so glad to have an ice skating rink as an attraction for the first time in recent memory at the Mississippi State Fair,” said Commissioner Gipson. “This is a great opportunity for families and their children and grandchildren to cool off for a bit in between the many rides and attractions found along the Midway.”

The Magic Ice USA company out of Miami, Florida, will be in charge of constructing, managing, and operating the rink. The finished ice skating rink will feature 8,000 sq. feet of real ice inside the coliseum, and not a synthetic substitute. In addition, the common area surrounding the rink will be over 15,000 sq. feet of seating, concessions, and stations for changing skates.

Construction on the rink will begin in late September to be ready for the opening of the fair. Magic Ice USA will provide over 500 pairs of skates and the admission fee will be $10.00 per person.

“It was a tremendous privilege to bring ‘Christmas on Ice’ to Madison from 2012-2014. We had 202,000 people join us,” said executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission, Steve Hutton. “Now, we will have the coolest event at the fair available for all 600,000 fairgoers!”

The Mississippi State Fair runs Wednesday, October 2, through Monday, October 14, with a gate admission price of $5.00 per person. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge. Enjoy free admission weekdays 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the exception of October 14.

For additional information, download the Mississippi State Fair mobile app, or visit


Anonymous said...

How much of tax payers dollars were spent on this ice rink? So, another out-of-state company gets the dough!

Anonymous said...

ICE and ice coming to Jackistan!

Anonymous said...

It’s too bad it’s in a rundown, rotten part of town. Not trying to be anti-jackson but that’s how I feel

Anonymous said...

When it's everyone's money, it's no one's money. Now that you don't have an opponent, spend away, Andy!

Anonymous said...

Are the rednecks gonna sell beer? Is the chief redneck Andy Gibson gonna start each day with a sermon? Kinda like that stupid "Farmer's Market" on High Street that cost millions. Local yokels will have to generate $200,000 a month to pay the debt service on that turkey. Got damn we are so effing country.

Anonymous said...

50 plus years ago we used to ice skate at the coliseum. I remember going several times.

Anonymous said...

Didn't they try something like this up in Madison a couple of years in a row, recently. Big time flop. But if the commish can get Nancy Kerrigan to enter the arena in a wagon pulled by dolphins, people will come all the way from Pelahatchie and D'Lo to see that right there.

And if he can't get Nancy, we can always default to Phil and Cindy for a duet swan-song appearance. Orchestra included in skate fee.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Andy Gipson-Don’t know if this went unnoticed or maybe I’m disconnected, but he was at the Waller victory/watch party Tuesday night. I can’t stand Gipson or Tater, & just assumed they were both suckling off the same R establishment tit. Come to think of it, maybe I do like Gipson. Any non-friend of Tater is a friend of mine!

Anonymous said...

there are some great vendors at the new farmers market. You should go. There is also a restaurant there that could possibly serve one of the top 5 burgers in the state. It's not complicated with mega toppings, it's just a clean and simple unbelievably juicy tasting burger. All That to say, I spent my childhood going regularly to the Farmer Market on Woodrow Wilson. I miss it. The one of HighStreet does a good service providing fresh produce. There are more than many the utilize it, so maybe you could get off the sidelines, and simply enjoy something that is available to you

Anonymous said...

If we could just arrive one day when it's actually open for bidness.

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Anonymous said...

6:20, Gipson does have an’s just a Democrat so it isn’t much of one.

Anonymous said...

Well, it is about damned time someone opened a ice rink!

I cannot tell the 1000s of times a week I hear folks say, "Jackson might have the roads of third-world war zone, a murder rate that makes Caracas look safe, and all the interracial harmony of a Klan meeting, but if it only had a place where both youths and adults of all colors and sexual orientations could just do a little ice skating, it would transform into a paradise!"

I cannot tell you that because I have not heard it 1000s of times and in fact, I have not heard anyone ever even one time say the first thing about their interest in, much less their desire for, an ice rink. The only thing that comes to mind is the phrase, "that there is as messed up as a hog running on ice..."

Anonymous said...

Yes we did have an ice skating rink in Madison for a couple of years and it was always crowded when it could open. The problem was the weather. When the temperature was warm, the ice would melt and make the rink unusable. Hopefully the coliseum can keep the interior temperature under control.

Anonymous said...

You people are the worst. Always complaining.... Go have some fun and skate at the new ice rink.

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid in the 60s we went to the Coliseum a number of times for ice skating and it was a lot of fun. Although one time a big guy lost his balance next to me and took me and him down. Nothing broke luckily.

Good ice skating rule: don't skate near well fed clumsy people.

Kingfish said...

Some of you are downright miserable. Commish does something nice. How often do we hear people complain there is nothing to do around here? Something families can enjoy. Not good enough. Bitch, bitch, bitch. Roll out the thug comments about Jackson. Some of the same people bitch about having a dog park at the Rez. Some people don't want to see this area have any amenities nor see anyone else have fun. Period.

The new CEO of Baptist turned off the ice rink in Madison. Unseasonably warm winters ruined the attendance. Thus it lost money. Of course, the year after it was cancelled, we got a pretty rough winter.

Anonymous said...

Short sighted CEO...having a rink next to Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics is genius.

Anonymous said...

As the (attempted) submitter of one post that mentioned Jackson thugs, I do understand the sentiment of not poo-poo'ing things that at least seem like decent attempts at making things a little nicer, if even for the short time of the fair. Moreover, I even tend to a point. If this were purely private money, I would agree without reservation. In this case I just think that with all of the real and on-going issues facing Jackson and Mississippi that spending any public money on things like this is very short-sighted. Lastly, my unapproved post was not meant in a mean-spirited way but was simply an attempt at a humorous and playful jab at comparing an ice rink in Madison (that failed) with one in Jackson. Hopefully, this will be approved and hopefully, too, others that submitting things that perhaps seemed mean-spirited weren't as they seemed, either.

Anonymous said...

How about one of those giant rock-climbing-walls in the parking lot in front of Cowboy Maloney's on 55 frontage? Cotton Candy! Funnel Cakes! Cindy Smith autographing funeral fans in the bed of Feels old pickup truck. Busloads will come from Bovina and Pelahatchie. Bring in a couple of those homeless transients from the I-55 'corridor' and provide them with cardboard signs. They could even get Kingfish and put him on stage with a microphone and Pevey amp. Security? Naaah...We don't need no danged security.

Turning miserable into magnificent!

Swing Your Pahdnuh Round And Round said...

Female Roller-Derby would play well. The entire population of Florence would show up for that. Jerry's Fish House Igloo and Berry's At The Cross would be totally empty. Tallahatchie Thunder Thighs vs Meridian Mud Mamas. Cold beer and corn-dogs. You talk about a crowd pleaser! Gannett might even let Sam Hall write an article.

Anonymous said...

Will the water be straight piped into the coliseum?

Anonymous said...

Some of the more cynical posters here are typing on thin ice.

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