The 2017 Mississippi State Fair free entertainment lineup features 105 acres of music and family fun throughout 158th Mississippi State Fair 12-day run — all free with fair admission. The mile-long midway of the Mississippi State Fair will run from Wednesday, October 4- Sunday, October 15, 2017.

“We searched the entire country for the what we believe to be the best in family entertainment,” said Executive Director of Mississippi State Fairgrounds, Rick Reno.

In addition to fun and exciting carnival rides, delicious fair foods, livestock shows and a variety of exhibitors in the Mississippi Trade Mart featuring retail and non-retail vendors, you will find a wide selection of both national and local talent featured on the Budweiser Stage.  Come on out and enjoy the 158th Mississippi State Fair Oct 4-15, 2017.

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

Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017   7:30 pm Brothers Osborne

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017  7:30pm William Michael Morgan

Monday, Oct 9, 2017  7:30pm Temptations

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017   7:30pm The Oak Ridge Boys Celebration Tour

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017  7:30pm Plain White T’s

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017  7:30pm Brian McKnight

In addition to the national and local musical entertainment, the 158th Annual Mississippi State Fair features a variety of free with admission family friendly entertainment throughout the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.   Some of the highlights include:

Mississippi Farm Bureau Petting Area-Pet and feed a variety of farm animals   

Racing Pigs sponsored in part by Mississippi Farm Bureau – On your mark – get set – go! Watch cute little porkers make their way around the track. Join in rooting for your favorite as they race to entertain and win a treat. – Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

The Famous Biscuit Booth sponsored in part by Kroger, Prairie Farms, Blackburn-Made Syrup- Stop by and enjoy a Free old-fashioned, southern-style biscuit with syrup baked by the employees of the MS Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association Celebrity Beef Cookoff, Tuesday, October 10th, 10:00am, Mississippi State Fair Hospitality Tent

Butterfly Encounter – Not only can Fairgoers observe these delicate creatures up close, they also can feed them nectar from a sponge. The screened-in encounter contains more than 250 butterflies including monarchs, swallowtails and painted ladies. – In the Mississippi Trade Mart. Free with the price of admission.

Fetch and Fish- family fun that promotes hunting, fishing and educational seminar with high flying retrievers…Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

Sea Lion Splash – As the only traveling sea lion exhibit in the United States, Sea Lion Splash is a fun and unique animal performance showcasing Californian and South American sea lions. For guests who like to get up close and personal with the sea lions, there is a unique photo opportunity available after most presentations. When the Sea Lion Splash exhibit is not on the road, the stars of the show make their home in Myakka City. – Multiple performances each of the 12 days of the Fair. Free with the price of admission.

FFA Children’s Barnyard- open Sunday-Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm.  Located in Barn 6.

MS State Fair Fiddler’s Contest, Saturday, Oct 7, 10am Hospitality Tent, Contact: Temperance Babcock 662-322-3369

4-H and FFA Livestock Shows, visit our website at www.msfair.net for information on show events.

Ride Specials, visit www.msfair.net for more information on ride specials.

Stockdog Trials, Top-quality stockdogs compete for the championship in driving cattle and Sheep, Kirk, Fordice, Equine Center, Tuesday, October 10th, 9am and 6pm, Wednesday, October 11th, 9am

Trustmark Senior American Day, Wednesday, October 11th, 9:30am-1:30pm Featuring Guy Hovis with Raphael Semmes and the Mississippi Live! Orchestra and special guests, Jerry Puckett, Jewel Bass and Tim “Elvis” Johnson.  Special Exhibits featuring tasting, flu and pneumonia shots (if vaccine is available), blood pressure checks, drawings and educational info from various vendors.

Mississippi Trade Mart, Vendors from across Mississippi and US selling unique products and services, Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts Exhibits, Food Preservations Exhibits, 4-H Showcase, Beekeepers Exhibit

The Mississippi State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 700,000 visitors annually. Showcasing Mississippi’s finest agriculture, art and industry, the Mississippi State Fair 12 Days and 105 acres of Fun.  Visit www.msfair.net  or   www.facebook.com/Mississippi-State-Fairgrounds for more information. The 2017 Mississippi State Fair runs October 4-15.  Phone: 601-961-4000