Statement from Andy Gipson, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce:
“The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advises that people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus. Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. By coming to the Fair, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.
The 162nd Mississippi State Fair is being planned for October 6-17, 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and utilize the guidance of the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC. The Mississippi State Fairgrounds wants to make sure your visit to the State Fair is a memorable and safe experience. I hope to see you there.”
The Mississippi State Fair is for the most part an outdoor event. The Fairgrounds Complex is 105 acres. The CDC advises outdoor events are a safer choice. You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of a mask.
The State Fair is highly transitory which is very different from an event like an athletic competition with people sitting in stands. There will be lines to rides, games, and food vendors.
Outdoor music will be properly spaced to achieve social distance best practices.
Multitudes of hand sanitation stations will be provided throughout the Fairgrounds.
High touch areas and surfaces will be routinely sanitized as well.
Early Signs of Illness
All attendees are asked to have been free of any COVID-19 symptoms for at least 14 days prior to their visit.
If you have a fever, cough, upset stomach, or shortness of breath, please stay home.