The Mid-South Fair : A Guide to Taking Your Family

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If you close your eyes and concentrate long enough, you can almost smell the corn dogs and funnel cakes at the Mid-South Fair. You can almost hear the screams of joy when a ride takes you higher and faster than expected. You remember your sticky hands from eating cotton candy and getting licked by the goats in the livestock area. You smile as you remember winning a goldfish in a ziplock gallon bag, holding it tightly all the way home.

Ahhhh, the memories of the Mid-South Fair. Now that you’re the parent, you know how important it is to instill these same memories in your own kids, since childhood isn’t complete without a fair experience!

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A Guide to taking your family to the Mid-South Fair:

September 22 through October 2, 2022

Lander’s Center
4560 Venture Dr, Southaven MS 38671

GET YOUR TICKETS

Until September 11

  • Adults: $5.00
  • Children (age 5-12) and senior (age 60+) $5.00

September 12-21

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children (age 5-12) and senior (age 60+) $5.00

September 23-October 2

  • Adults: $15.00 ($12 Online)
  • Children (age 5-12) and senior (age 60+) $10.00 ($7 Online)

September 26

  • Adults: $15.00 ($12 Online)
  • Children (age 5-12) $2.00 (Also $2 ride tickets)
  • Senior (age 60+) $10.00 ($7 Online)

Free Admission Times:

  • Thursday, Septmber 22 / 4pm – close
  • Wednesday, September 28 / 10am – 4pm
  • Anyone who purchases tickets to Jon Pardi receives free admission for that day + 1 additional day
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We’re screaming for joy at the Mid-South Fair! Image courtesy of Mid-South Fair Instagram

PARKING

  • prior to 6pm on weekdays and prior to 4pm on weekends, FREE
  • $5 per car during other times; cash only

DAYS & TIMES

  • Friday, September 23 / 4:00pm -12:00am
  • Saturday, September 24 / 12:00pm – 12:00am
  • Sunday, September 25 / 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Mon. Sept 26 & Tues. Sept 27 / 4:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 28 / 10:00am – 10:00pm
  • Thursday, September 29 / 4:00 pm – 10:00pm
  • Friday, October 30 / 4:00 pm – 12:00am
  • Saturday, October 1 / 12:00 pm – 12:00am
  • Sunday, October 2 / 12:00 pm – 10:00pm

Times are subject to change, so be sure to double check their website before going

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So much fun at the fair! Image courtesy of Mid-South Fair Instagram

PRO-MOM TIPS : What to Bring and What to Buy

Outside food is not permitted, but Fair Food is the best food so if you went just for the food we’d understand.

The restrooms are mostly port-a-potties, so make sure you pack your own TP and wipes just in case.

There is an air conditioned building at the entrance with lots of vendors selling goodies. This is a great place to nurse and to stop and use the restroom before you enter the main area.

In the interest of public safety, Landers Center has implemented a clear bag policy that limits the size and types of types of bags that may be brought into the venue. The fastest way to enter is to not bring a bag at all.

 

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Who doesn’t love a loaded funnel cake? Image courtesy of Mid-South Fair Instagram

FAIR FOOD : The Real Reason We All Go To the Fair

Let’s all just admit it right now: the rides are exciting, the animals entertaining, the games are fun… but none of those things compares to FAIR FOOD. Yep. Dare I say, the *real reason* we all pretty much go every year is to chow down on all the iconic yummy-ness only the fair can provide.

Here’s a list of 5 MUST EATS when you’re at the Mid-South Fair:

  1. Pronto Pups Footlong Corn Dogs
  2. Funnel Cakes (with or without large amounts of toppings!)
  3. Chicken Tenders & Spiral Cut Fries
  4. Fair Lemonade
  5. Turkey legs

 

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Skee Ball remains a fan favorite. Image courtesy of Mid-South Fair Instagram

GAMES GALORE : Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

While rides might not be for everyone (or maybe your child is too tiny yet), games are! And The Mid-South Fair has games galore! There’re games where you can win a giant stuffed animal, games where you can win a goldfish, and games where you win bragging rights. Whatever is at stake, there’re games for all ages and talents.

Here’s 5 MUST TRY games when you’re at the Mid-South Fair:

  1. Skee Ball
  2. Lucky Ducky
  3. Bust a Balloon
  4. Basketball free throw
  5. Ring Toss (win the live goldfish!)

 

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The swing ride is a classic for all ages. Image courtesy of Mid-South Fair Instagram

FAIR RIDES : A Thrill of a Lifetime

Growing up, I LOVED going to the Mid-South Fair and riding all the rides. And I have loved getting to ride with my kids and watch them ride and discover what their favorite rides are. My 9 yo LOVES the gravitron.  My daughter loves the Ferris Wheel! Whatever is your’s or your child’s favorite, there are rides for all ages and adventure levels!

Here are 5 MUST TRY rides while you’re at the fair:

  1. Ferris Wheel
  2. Gravitron
  3. Swing ride
  4. Roller Coaster
  5. Merry-Go-Round

PETTING ZOO : The Softer Side of the Fair

Alligators, butterflies, and raptors, Oh My! While most people might think The Mid-South Fair is about the food and thrills, there’s a whole other side to the fair: the animals! Every year there’s a giant petting zoo for kids of all ages to enjoy interacting with goats, pigs, and even a camel! There’s a sea lion to watch and pig races to cheer on. Click here for the schedule of daily attractions!

 

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2018 Miss Mid-South Fair! Image courtesy of Mid-South Fair Instagram

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT : Even More Ways to Enjoy the Fair

Many don’t know that there’s more to the fair than just the exhibits. Since 1856, The Mid-South Fair has been a way to bring the community together and for decades they’ve been achieving their goal.

Here are more ways to enjoy or participate in the fair:

  1. Student Art Contest (Kindergarten through 12th grade)
  2. Mid-South Fair (Beauty) Pageant
  3. Youth Talent Contest & Show
  4. SpokesKid 2022 (Contest on who will emcee the Youth Talent Contest)

Click here to learn more.

CONCERTS :  Live Music & More

It’s wouldn’t really be a fair in Memphis if there wasn’t live music! Every year The Mid-South Fair offers an unbeatable lineup of local and national artists that enhance your fair experience even more! These talented musicians are the icing on the cake to a fabulous week at the Lander’s Center.

Here is the complete music lineup:

  • Thursday, Sept. 22: Frank Ray at 6:30 p.m. and LOCASH at 7:45 p.m. presented by 94.1 The Wolf

  • Friday, Sept. 23: Charvey at 5:45 p.m. and 2 Drink Minimum at 8 p.m.

  • Saturday, Sept. 24: Jay Jones at 7 p.m. and J.R. Moore at 8:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, Sept. 25: Latin musicians perform throughout the day, including Freddy Vega Jr., Kumbia Brothers, Grupo Zebu, Banda Cerro Viejo, Los Cantadores, and DJ Ron

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27: Reagan Strange at 5:15 p.m., Sow & Tether at 6 p.m. and Ellie Holcomb at 7 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 29: Deep Roots at 6 p.m., Carlos Ecos at 8 p.m., and Jon Pardi at 7 p.m. inside Landers Center arena

  • Friday, Sept. 30: Kevin & Bethany Paige at 6 p.m., Ingram Hill at 7:15 p.m., and Bailey Zimmerman at 8:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Oct. 1: DJ Saint at 4 p.m., Bassventura at 5 p.m., DJ May Jayy at 6 p.m., Snow at 7 p.m., and DJ Epic at 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, Oct. 2: Hairspray Nation at 5:30 p.m., CONNR at 6:45 p.m., and Playa Fly at 8 p.m.

 

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