MS State Fair Announced With COVID-19 Safety Protocols

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The 161st Mississippi State Fair has announced dates for their 2020 event – October 7-18 – and safety protocols due to COVID-19.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson said his office will continue to monitor the situation closely and utilize the guidance of the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC.

For now, all staff (midway and MDAC employees, contractors and vendors) will be required to wear masks and guests will be required to wear face coverings upon entry. Adult and child sized masks will be available if you arrive without one.

“Multitudes” of hand sanitation stations will be provided throughout the Fairgrounds and high touch areas and surfaces will be routinely sanitized as well.

All gates into the Fairgrounds will be equipped with one or more people with digital devices to account for visitors as they come and go to ensure the 200-people-per acre capacity is not violated.  Entrance will be denied if capacity is met.

The footprint of the Fair will be expanded so lines can be guided out of the Midway walking area to reduce congestion; lines will have six-foot markers to demonstrate social distancing; and there will also be a reduction in the quantity of vendors.

Outdoor music will be properly spaced to achieve social distance best practices; indoor events will be limited to 25 percent of occupancy; and livestock barns will be limited to access only by participants, family, and personnel engaged in the livestock shows.

The traditional “Senior American Day” program which features entertainment, health resources, medical screenings, and additional features for elderly Mississippians will not be held this year. Instead, an “All American Day” program of patriotic music and programing – which will also be live streamed for those at home who cannot attend – will take its place.

“The CDC advises that people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus,” Gipson noted. “Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. By coming to the Fair, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.”

The fair features 105 acres of music and family fun on a mile-long midway including rides, games and live entertainment.

Highlights of this year’s free national musical entertainment from the Budweiser Stage are: