Tuesday, May 30, 2023

State Fair Dates Announced

Commissioner of Agriculchah & Commerce Andrew Gipson issued the following press release. 

Today, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced the dates for the 164th Mississippi State Fair. The upcoming 2023 State Fair will be held Thursday, October 5, through Sunday, October 15, at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson.


“We’re excited to announce the dates for this year’s annual Mississippi State Fair,” said Commissioner Gipson. “Fairgoers can expect all their favorite rides, events, livestock shows, concerts and foods to be on display across the 105-acre grounds. Our staff is working tirelessly to ensure we have another safe and successful fair, with even more family-friendly attractions and nationally recognized artists.”


“We have been working very hard on the 164th State Fair,” said Michael Lasseter, director of the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. “We have new attractions and great entertainment, which we will be announcing soon. So mark your calendars for this annual, fun filled event coming in October!”


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



Anonymous said...

The BIG HAT needs to ban saggers from the fair and coliseum grounds.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully some good bands will play and. It just a bunch of country and gospel bands like every year

Anonymous said...

Hard pass.

Not need getting shot while trying to get a free biscuit.

Anonymous said...

Would you prefer mumble-rap?

Anonymous said...

What is a sagger?

Anonymous said...

I hope the Hell's Angels are in charge of security.

Anonymous said...

Will Commissioner Andy's grain warehouse inspectors have an exhibit?

Anonymous said...

Oh boy! Made my day. Hell, might have made my month. This is the bit of news I have been holding my breath for to know.

Now that I know, I won't have to worry about anything except knowing that on those days I need to change my travel schedule and not use the Pearl/Pascagoula or the High Streets - for anything. But otherwise, its a great time to go to downtown restaurants because there are plenty of tables available while the fair eats at their gross for two weeks.

Anonymous said...

Best music we ever heard at the Budweiser tent was the Parchman Prison Band. A bunch of old rockers doing their stuff with a "Boss Guard" standing over to one side. The lead guitarist and singer for the bunch told us, "Ain't it great to get out of the house for a while!" You could say they killed it that night.

Another great was Paul Revere and the Raiders, actually Paul, one or two old band members, and some grandkids. Still Paul had his hat and they rocked it until they had to quit for bedtime.

Heard the Oakridge Boys once too.

Can't leave without recognizing the Pig Races and free biscuit.

Never got shot.

Anonymous said...

Oh, darn. I guess I’ll just miss out.

Anonymous said...

Ditto the good bands. I’d much rather see a washed up 70-80’s band than another new “country” singer.

Anonymous said...

Bring back Herman’s Hermits, Three Dog Night, Temptations or KC and the Sunshine Band.

Anonymous said...

Pew, Pew, Pew (repeat).

Anonymous said...

7:18 google “South Park, people who annoy you” and you’ll pick up what 6:20 is trying to say.

Anonymous said...

Votes have consequences. If you want better bands, don’t vote for a cowboy hat.

Anonymous said...

I can’t wait!!!' This will be the 35th year in a row that I will NOT attend.

Anonymous said...

this is Andy's time to shine, and skim a little off the top.
over / under on how many banners / billboards with pictures of the Big Cowboy?

Anonymous said...

Something, something, something about pants on the ground.

Unknown said...

The free entrance for lunch worth it. Not great bands play the county fair circuit but I am older so I like throwback

Anonymous said...

I worked for the MSDAC in the 90's. We were asked to volunteer at the biscuit booth every year. I enjoyed it. The funniest thing was the people who would bring their kids up and say to them "this is cane syrup that they are making right there" Alcorn always had a demo of grinding and cooking down sugar cane next door to the booth. The two had nothing to do with each other. We put Blackburn's syrup in the biscuits that was always donated by Mccarty-Holman. Blackburn syrup is the cheapest 90% sugar concoction that has ever been produced and passed of as "syrup". The biscuits were indeed home made though.

Anonymous said...

Dang, some of these comments remind me of my younger days, when I looked forward to the State Fair. As a young’un it was a magical mystery tour with a carnival atmosphere. I was amazed at the man who correctly guessed anyone’s age and weight, the human and animal freak shows, and the extraordinary artwork on the exhibit facades. As a teenager I could walk around the midway drinking beer, watching the skimpily clad women outside Club Lido, and watching a guy ride a motorcycle inside a wooden vortex with only chicken wire separating him from the onlookers. As an adult I saw some incredible concerts like Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Blue Oyster Cult. For better or worse, the Fair is now good,clean, family fun (mostly).

Anonymous said...

"People who annoy you" comment has me shook

Anonymous said...

I went to the State Fair last year. It was my first time to go in a number of years. I have NEVER felt that safe at the fair. You couldn't turn around without bumping into a LEO. The crowd was very civil, and I saw no tomfoolery. If security is at the same level as last year, I will have no problem returning. Kudos to Gipson and DPS for stepping up security.

Anonymous said...

Love me some Andy Gibson!

Based on comments from numerous people who attended last year's fair, I'll probably attend this fall for the first time in years. It used to be one of my favorite events.

Anonymous said...

@2:59 PM - Having no tomfoolery is one thing, but what are they doing to prevent buffoonery, hijinks, mischievous merrymaking, and horseplay?

Kingfish said...

More cops. More visible presence as well.

No more midnight madness which is when a lot of crap happened. Fair closes earlier. No staying open past midnight on the weekends.

Last year the fair started slowly. If you paid attention to social media, many people said they would not go period. Then after a few days word got around it was much safer and people starting posting they felt more safe than ever at the fair. Then by the final weekend it started coming back.

Mud bugs Festival was a disaster of sorts but they learned from it big time. Commish took every step to ensure it wouldn’t happen again.

Anonymous said...

I'm good not going to the fair for another 5 years. I'm still recuperating from the last one after a panic attack from eating a chicken on the stick and riding some circular blizzard ride that made my stomach toss like a dryer ball. I had to sit next to an old lady on the bench across from the catepillar coaster and inhale her second hand cigarette smoke while I screamed on the inside of the thought of puking in front of my 8yo.

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