Mid-South Fair Ends With Attendance Up

Mid-South Fair Ends With Attendance Up

Carnival rides and cotton candy will soon be a distant memory as the 157th annual Mid-South Fair came to a close.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Carnival rides and cotton candy will soon be a distant memory as the 157th annual Mid-South Fair came to a close.

Vendors started tearing down and taking off to their next stop early Monday morning.

The official numbers wont be in for a day or two, but fair officials say rain on opening day did not slow things down here one bit.

"We surpassed last years attendance by double digit figures this year," Jesse Johnson of the Mid-South Fair said.

And that is a lot considering last year, more than 71,000 people came to the fair. Saturday reported record breaking attendance with more than 20,000 people came through the gates.

"We had to turn some people away to maintain our safe fun family environment," Johnson said.

The Mid-South fair is nonprofit. Final results on how much money was made will not be released for a couple of days. However, the city of Southaven gets 3% of all food sales and the state of Mississippi gets 7% of everything.

Several Mid-South organizations also benefit.

"The Mid-South Food Bank. We support the community with these funds," Johnson said.

The next stop for the carnival ride operators? The Mississippi State Fair in Jackson.
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