New Executive Director for the Mississippi Fair Commission has big plans for the future

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Steve Hutton

The Mississippi Fair Commission has a new executive director after 8 months without one.

New executive Director Steve Hutton is taking time to enjoy one of the many events the Mississippi Fair Commission puts on.

because whether it’s a rodeo, the state fair or a concert the Fair Commission is the one working to bring them to the metro.

“It’s 105 acres 28 buildings we do 700 event days of the year next weekend there’s going to be 15,000 people at the Comic-Con there’s going to be 6,000 people at the coliseum for a denominational meeting,” Steve Hutton said.

Events put on by the fair commission contribute generously to the local and state economy.

With more than 30 years managing high attendance events Hutton says he wants to do a better job getting the word out to the public.

“We’re going to try to figure out a way to look at the cost  get al of our budgets in control and then talk to some of our local area businesses about sponsorships and how we can put some naming and lights on some of these buildings and further the mission of the fair commission,” Hutton said.

That’s right, Hutton says you could soon see a new name on the Mississippi Coliseum, he’s hoping by next year.

“One of the first things we’re going to try to do is we’re going to try to offer naming rights for the Mississippi coliseum and the new trademart,” he said.

One of his most unique ideas includes shining a light on the coliseum’s high electricity bill.  

“One of the things that I looked at and this sounds crazy was our electric bill and we have meetings next week with how we can take this 105 acres and make it energy efficient. I know of a local church in Madison that is currently saving a quarter of a million dollars on their electric bills by doing that,” he explained.

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