MS State Fair Returns Oct. 6-17

The Mississippi State Fair opens October 6 in Downtown Jackson. Image: Tate Nations

The 162nd Mississippi State Fair returns Wednesday, October 6 through Sunday, October 17, with familiar midway rides, games and food, music and exhibits, and several new activities and events.

Additions to this year’s list include the ProRodeo Xtreme Bull Riding Fall Nationals tournament and Tri-State Rodeo in the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. 

The 2021 State Fair will also include the first-ever Mississippi Frontier Village, featuring blacksmiths, train rides, pig races, shows, pony rides, a petting zoo and family fun. 

A Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce release says, with COVID-19 in mind, organizers have “ensured the public will enjoy all the usual fun-filled activities while keeping fairgoers safe.”

Fair rides will be sanitized between each ride, and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the grounds. Guests may wish to bring and utilize a mask in case they are unable to maintain social distance. Face masks will be available at the gates to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

“Our staff has gone to great lengths to ensure the safety and security of our guests,” said Michael Lasseter, director of the Mississippi Fairgrounds Complex. “I am excited to once again offer visitors and families the chance to enjoy time together, with a day full of rides, shows, good food and entertainment.”


The Mississippi State Fair runs Wednesday, October 6, through Sunday, October 17, with a gate admission price of $5 per person and a parking fee of $5 per car. Children 6 and under will be admitted free. Purchase advance admission tickets at the Coliseum box office, 10 am – 5 pm on Wednesday, October 6. Enjoy free admission every weekday from 11 am – 1 pm (except on Monday, October 11). Tickets for the ProRodeo Xtreme Bull Riding Fall Nationals are on sale at

For a list of daily events, including livestock shows, ride specials and the latest information, visit online, download the Mississippi State Fair mobile app or follow the Mississippi State Fairgrounds on Facebook.