Mid-South Fair Stays In DeSoto

(Southaven, MS) The Mid-South Fair has called the Lander’s Center home since 2009.

Now, fair leaders have signed a deal to keep it there another five years.

Fair President Jesse Johnson says it’s part of his plan to gradually restore the fair to the wide-ranging event most of us have always known.

”The livestock came back last year. We’re looking to grow it even more. This year we’re also working to bring back agriculture and horticulture this year.”

He says exhibits are the key to rebuilding and growing the fair to its former star status.

Johnson says the fair is probably in DeSoto to stay, but leaders also don’t want to forget where they came from.

Over the past year or so, word started floating around about the Mid-South Fair returning to its long time home at the Memphis fairgrounds, but fair leaders say that’s one thing that’s just never going to happen.

After all, there’s more to Memphis and west Tennessee than the fairgrounds.

Johnson says he’d like to see some kind of fair-sponsored activity that could put young people to work, give them something to do, and provide a way to showcase their talents the way the fair used to, when it operated it’s own summer amusement park.

”Maybe a presence in Memphis would offer some summer youth employment opportunities, as well as some talent and talent show type things like we use to do at Libertyland.”

Right now, he says those are just ideas he’s kicking around. The fair board will eventually decide what, if any improvements to make, along with when and where.

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