Thousands attend first day of 155th MS State Fair - - Jackson, MS

Thousands attend first day of 155th MS State Fair

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi State Fair officially kicked off Wednesday. People from across the state have converged on the fairgrounds for tons of fun.

The bright lights are shining and screams and giggles of excitement fill the air at the 155th Mississippi State Fair. There were blue skies and hot temperatures for the start of the party on the fairgrounds.

Twelve days will be filled with food, rides, games, family gatherings and a midway filled with excitement.

"It's just a family tradition and we always come the first night with my family, my sisters," said 15-year-old Chatham Kennedy, who walked the midway with a group of friend. "(I look for) The cookie dough stand and the free biscuits."

Dionne Evans and her cousin Syrenthia Williams brought five children along from their hometown of Prentiss.

"We had to split the older kids," said Evans. "They're with my older daughter and they're out riding. Now we're on our way to the little kiddie rides, and we'll be there all night."

Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde Smith officially welcomed fairgoers when the gates opened.

"We have two new rides that are pretty exciting and one of them is the Zero Gravity and it takes you up really fast band brings you back really fast," said the Commissioner. "And then we have one called Vertigo. Vertigo is like being on a swing except you're a hundred feet in the air."

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department has two posts set up on the fairgrounds for assistance, information and lost and found.

"This took months of planning like we do every year," said Sheriff Lewis. "We're very excited about what we put in place to make sure that people that come to the fair can have fun in a safe environment. So we've got people around at every corner. You look, you'll see a deputy sheriff as well as a Jackson Police Officer." said Sheriff Lewis.

"It's like a little city that opens up on the asphalt on the first Wednesday in October," added Hyde-Smith.

Thursday all rides are $2.00. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

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