Mississippi State Fair extended for another weekend

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP/WJTV) — The Mississippi State Fair closed late Sunday after 12-day run, but state Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson says officials will take the unusual step of reopening the fair this coming weekend.

Gipson said Monday on Twitter that days are being added because Hurricane Delta brought rain that hurt attendance during the first weekend.

The fair was also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tate Reeves lifted Mississippi’s statewide mask mandate before the fair started. Gipson encouraged people at the fair to wear masks if they could not maintain social distance.

But as the night went on through last weekend not everyone followed these policies as foot traffic grew.

The schedule for the extended Mississippi State Fair is as follows:

Thursday, October 22

  • Gates Open:  11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Free Admission & Parking: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Rides Open: 2:00 p.m.
  • Ride Special: Unlimited rides for $27 All Day

Friday, October 23

  • Gates Open:  11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Free Admission & Parking: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Rides Open: 2:00 p.m.
  • Ride Special: Midnight Madness: Unlimited rides for $27 starting at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24

  • Gates Open: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Rides Open: 12 Noon
  • Ride Special: Unlimited rides for $27 All Day
  • Special Outdoor Concert: The Gaither Vocal Band at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 25

  • Gates Open: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Rides Open: 12 Noon
  • Ride Special: Unlimited rides for $27 All Day

Gate admission is $5, and children under the age of 6 are free. Parking is $5, with exception of weekdays from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Due to additional events taking place on the fairgrounds, those coming to the Mississippi State Fair will need to enter the fairgrounds through Gates 1 (walking access only), 3, 5 and 7 (walking access only). On campus parking will only be accessible through Gate 3 and Gate 5.

The state fair was initially supposed to close on Sunday, October 18.

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