The 163rd Mississippi State Fair officially gets underway with an 11 a.m. Thursday ribbon cutting at the Jefferson Street at Amite Street entrance in Jackson.

Opening day specials will include $2 rides beginning at 2 p.m. The day is also being recognized as “Mississippi Heroes Day” with free admission to all police officers, first responders, firefighters, healthcare workers, medical professionals and active military personnel.

The fair will continue through Sunday, Oct. 16 with gates opening at 11 a.m. on weekdays; 9 a.m. on Saturdays; and 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Regular admission is $5 with a $5 parking fee. Free admission will be available on weekdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (excluding Columbus Day, Oct. 10). Children under 6 are also admitted free at all times.

As has become a tradition, the 105-acre campus of the Mississippi Fairgrounds will be transformed into a giant amusement park with fair foods, carnival rides, games, shows, and contests.

Debbie Morris of Byram (left) and Chandry D'avy of Jackson (right) help set up Malone's State Fair Taffy at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson, Miss., Monday, October 3, 2022. The fair will run from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, October 16.

There will also be livestock shows, the Zerbini Family Circus, X-Treme Bull Riding, pig races, a petting zoo, rattlesnake show, the Tri-State Rodeo, and the Mississippi Frontier Village, an outdoor area featuring western style vendors, exhibits, and entertainment on the western end of the midway.

The newest attraction for 2022 will be the “Great American Wild West Show,” a live action national touring Western entertainment spectacular located at the Frontier Village. 



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