(Southaven,MS) The Mid-South Fair will stay in Southaven instead of going south to Tunica.
“We have a contract here for a couple more years. We hope we stay here from now on,” said Mike McGee, with the Mid-South Fair.
In 2007, when the fair was forced out of Memphis, organizers initially thought the fair would permanently go to Tunica.
“The economy went south, we lost our funding. We were without a home,” said McGee.
The fair moved to Southaven. Friday, News Channel 3 learned it plans on staying at the Landers Center until at least 2014.
“It adds a huge financial impact to us. Plus it adds another amenity for our families to enjoy. I`m excited to hear that news,” said Mayor Greg Davis.
Right now, the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t know exactly how much extra money the fair will bring to the city, but hopes the impact lasts after vendors pack up.
“It brings people into our community and then those people want to move here,” said Ginger Adams with the Chamber of Commerce.
Fair organizers tell News Channel 3 there’s also talks of building stables to house livestock at the Mid-South fair in the future, but right now there aren’t any solid plans.
“There has been a lot of discussion to see as we move forward, that we bring a lot of those elements back into the fair,” said McGee.