Mid-South Fair Announces Fair Dates, New Attractions Board Members discuss return of staple programs at the157th annual fair

The Mid-South Fair held a press conference Friday, August 16, 2013 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. Mid-South Fair board president, Michael Doyle announced this year’s fair dates, new attractions and returning attractions including the Miss Mid-South Fair Pageant.

“The Fair has been a tradition in the Mid-South for 157 years. This year it will be bigger and better with the addition of several new activities,” said Doyle. New activities for the 157th Mid-South Fair include basketball and dodge ball tournaments and a Greek step show with trophies and cash prizes for the winners.

In addition to new attractions, Fair board members and staff have planned to reintroduce traditional attractions including rides, games and contests.
Mid-South Fair Executive Director, Jesse Johnson said, “We’ve listened to and incorporated feedback from previous years to create a great experience for fair-goers. A new thing we’re doing this year is having wristband days every day of the fair. We will also bring back some old favorites like the cooking contests and live animals.”
The 2013 Mid-South Fair will be held at the Landers Center (formerly The Desoto Civic Center) in Southaven, Miss. from September 20th through the 29th. For more information about this year’s fair and ticket information, visit the Mid-South Fair website at

About The Mid-South Fair
The original and still the best, the Mid-South Fair has entertained families since 1856. As a non-profit organization, we exist to create a cultural and entertainment experience that exposes people in our community to items and events they might not otherwise encounter. The Fair is governed by a board of directors, operated by a full-time staff and funded by sponsorships and donations. Since 2001, the Fair has given out $64,000 in educational scholarships for excellence in Youth Talent, Creative Arts, and Agriculture. For more information about the Mid-South Fair visit our website at