JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi State Fair comes to a close on Sunday, and fair officials are expecting to top last year’s numbers.
“Last year the final weekend was huge. So if we can capitalize on the week we’ve had so far, and get that, we should be at really high levels of crowds,” Executive Director Rick Reno said.
Reno adds 2014 attendance set a record for the annual event. But in 2015, total numbers declined. He says that’s partly because security responsibilities were up in the air a few weeks prior to opening day.
This year, police presence has been boosted, and weather has been extremely comfortable. So, he’s hoping for good numbers in this final weekend.
“I’ve been here for two years, but I think this is the best it’s been for the long run in quite a while,” Reno said.
Reno also credits new attractions as one of the reasons thousands keep coming back.
“They seem to be really enjoying the entertainment we’ve had on our new stage set up over at the Budweiser pavilion…the kids zone that we got new that’s set up with the camel rides and the pony rides,” Reno said.
Traffic around the fair is expected to be jam packed on Saturday, due to Jackson State’s big football game.
But Reno and police say they are ready for the load, as long as drivers carve out the extra time.
“There are some challenges, but everybody should be able to get into both events and have a great time.”