State Fair opens Thursday in Jackson

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson and the Mississippi State Fairgrounds invites the public to experience new attractions at the 2022 Mississippi State Fair and reminds fair goers of several items to “Know Before You Go.” The Mississippi State Fair takes place Oct. 6-16 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

Fair goers can continue to expect the best of carnival rides and games, fair food, livestock shows and the Zerbini Family Circus. The Ag Expo featuring the Genuine MS® Store and the MSU Extension Service’s FARMtastic exhibit will be located inside of the Trade Mart. Returning to the Equine Center during the first weekend of the State Fair is the X-Treme Bull Riding Fall Nationals  taking place Oct. 8 and the Tri State Rodeo taking place Oct. 9. Tickets to the X-Treme Bull Riding Fall Nationals can be purchased at or the Coliseum Box Office.

The newest attraction, the Great American Wild West Show, will take place daily at 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., with additional performances at 2:00 p.m. during the weekend.  The Wild West Show will be located in the Mississippi Frontier VillCTOBEage with the pig races, petting zoo, pony rides, train depot, rattlesnake show and other activities.

The Mississippi State Fair Talent Show is making a comeback at the 2022 State Fair. The Talent Show takes place Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Coliseum.  New this year is the 2022 Little Miss Mississippi State Fair beauty pageant taking place Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9:00 a.m.

Five nationally recognized artists will perform on the Budweiser Main Stage: Scotty McCreery, David Lee Murphy, B.o.B., Midnight Star and Bobby Rush. Admission to the concerts is free with regular fair admission.  Local artists and bands will perform on the Main Stage throughout the duration of the Fair.

Commissioner Gipson would like to remind fairgoers of several things to “Know Before You Go.”

  • The Mississippi State Fair opens at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. The ribbon cutting will be held at Gate 1 at the corner of Jefferson Street and Amite Street.
  • Gate admission is $5.00 per person, and parking is $5.00 per car. Children ages 6 and under will be admitted free of charge. The public can purchase advance admission tickets at the Coliseum Box Office until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.
  • Fair admission is free every weekday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., except on Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day.
  • Beginning at 9:00 p.m., any guest under the age of eighteen (18) seeking admission to the Fairgrounds must be accompanied by a legal adult (21 or older). Any guest may be asked to show official proof of age to be admitted after 9:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring identification.
  • When entering the Midway, all guests will proceed through one (1) of the seven (7) entry security points utilizing a metal detector, and/or be subject to magnetic wanding.
  • All bags are subject to search. The maximum bag size that will be accepted into the Fair is 12”x12”x6”.
  • No outside food or beverage allowed.
  • No marketing, soliciting, political, or vending items allowed unless and as authorized under Fairground regulations.
  • Pursuant to state law, the legal carry of firearms by all lawful adults is recognized on the Mississippi Fairgrounds.
  • No animals (other than service animals or as authorized by Fair management for Fair activities), banners, fireworks/explosives, or laser pointers allowed.

For additional information, please visit and follow the Mississippi State Fairgrounds on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Bob Bakken

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