Thursday, December 1 2022


The Mid-South Fair, a staple in the Memphis area for over 160 years, returns after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s fair will take place from September 23 to October 3, at the Landers Center in Southaven.

“It’s like everyone’s coming home,” said Debbie Branan, chair of the board of directors of Mid-South Fair. “We want to make sure they’re having a good time, but they’re safe. And I think we probably have the best plan to do this. “

Branan has been involved with the fair since 1964 when she entered the cheerleading competition as a high school student. In 1976, she joined the board of directors.

“Even back then it was still very family-friendly, there was still a competitive youth participation,” Branan said. “We had a greater involvement in agriculture at that time. But we have evolved and progressed, I think, with what the people want.

Attendance at the last fair in 2019 was up 26-28% from 2018, according to Todd Mastry, executive director of the Landers Center.

Here are four things to know about the show before attending in 2021.


Admission is generally $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children (5 to 12 years old) or seniors (60 years and over).

Certain days and times indicated on the site are free. Anyone who purchases tickets to Sam Hunt or Monster Jam receives free entry for the day of the show as well as an additional day.

Ride bracelets cost between $ 15 and $ 25 depending on the day. Specific daily prices and special sales can be found on the website.

Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster or at the door – both for the same price.

“This year, while you can still buy tickets here, we have our partner Ticketmaster and you can buy your tickets online at no cost or cost,” Mastry said.

Opening day of the Mid-South Fair at the Landers Center in DeSoto County, Mississippi on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Free bracelets

The fair is partnering with the Mississippi Department of Health on Thursday and Friday, September 23 and 24 to offer free wristbands to anyone who gets vaccinated at the fair.

The vaccination event will take place at the convention center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.

COVID-19 protocols and security

Masks will be mandatory inside the Landers Center. Improvements have also been made to the ventilation system to help combat any possible airborne transmission.

Outside of the arena and on the fairgrounds, there is no mask warrant, but disposable masks will be available. In addition, hand sanitizer stations will be located midway and at the fairgrounds.

“And then it just allows the people of the center-south to make the decisions they feel they need to make for their family, which they feel are the best for them,” Mastry said. “But we have offered what we believe is a safe opportunity for people to come and be a part of the fair.”

The only bags allowed in the fair are small purses and transparent bags as well as umbrellas that do not have pointed ends. Metal detectors will also be installed.

Sam Hunt is a featured artist of the Mid-South 2021 fair.


More than 15 musical acts will perform at the fair including:

September 24:

6.15 p.m. – Reagan Strange, former contestant of The Voice and Miss Tennessee Teen Volunteer 2021, on the main stage

8 p.m. – Sam Hunt, MCA Nashville recording artist inside the Landers Center. Ticket prices range from $ 37.50 to $ 97.50

Reagan Strange, Miss Tennessee Teen Volunteer 2021, will perform at the Mid-South Fair.

September 26:

Noon – Latino Day musical programming on the main stage

October 1 to 3:

Various times: Monster Jam inside the Landers Center: 7:00 p.m., October 1; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., October 2; 2 p.m., October 3. Ticket prices range from $ 23 to $ 103.

All concerts are free with fair admission. Tickets for Sam Hunt can be purchased on Ticketmaster or at the fair.

Fair attractions include a petting zoo, pig racing and a sea lion splash. A full list of attractions can be found at the Mid-South Fair. website.



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