"Greatest Fair in the History of the State," Jackson Daily News, October 25, 1911. MDAH microfilm number 20938.

"Greatest Fair in the History of the State," Jackson Daily News, October 25, 1911. MDAH microfilm number 20938.

This year the Mississippi State Fair celebrates 152 years! This short blog series brings you newspaper headlines and article excerpts from its 52nd edition in 1911.

The Jackson Daily News reported:

Larger and more comprehensive in every way than any of its predecessors, and with every inch of exhibit space crowded to the limits, the State Fair opened its gates this morning and will be in progress for a ten day period…The gates were flung wide at eight o’clock this morning, but the formal opening exercises in front of the old capitol did not take place until the noon hour.

There were no special features, however, that overshadowed the others on opening day. All features were especially good, and the public has manifested its keen appreciation and thorough approval by a liberal attendance throughout the day. In fact, the attendance for opening day will probably surpass the records of former years.

Source: Frederick Sullens, “The State Fair Opens Its Gates,” Jackson Daily News,  October 24, 1911, page 5. MDAH microfilm roll 20938.

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Historical State Fair Photograph

On October 3, 2011, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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State Fairgrounds in 1908. Call Number: PI/2000.0001 (MDAH Collection)

State Fairgrounds in 1908. Call Number: PI/2000.0001 (MDAH Collection)

The State Fair begins this week! The first fair was held in 1858. This photograph from our collection shows the fair in 1908.

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Wesson Photograph Collection

On September 29, 2011, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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The Wesson Enterprise newspaper office. Call Number: PI/2000.0001, item 1 (MDAH Collection)

The Wesson Enterprise newspaper office. Call Number: PI/2000.0001, item 1 (MDAH Collection)

The Wesson (Miss.) Photographs Collection (PI/2000.0001) is comprised of thirty black and white photographs of and related to the town in Copiah County. The collection include city scenes of businesses, churches, and schools, as well as images of the inauguration of Governor Edmund Noel and the state fair.

Time for the State Fair!

On October 6, 2010, in Photographs, by Amanda
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Call Number: PI/SF/REC/1987.0200, Item 2 (MDAH Collection)

The Mississippi State Fair comes to town today bringing with it all the fried food, rides, and crowds we love. These images show the fair in 1977. Looks familiar, doesn’t it? Thirty years later, and the fair is still timeless…

The back of the Winter Building is across Jefferson Street from the main entrance to the fair (at Jefferson and Amite Streets), you’ll see the mechanical plant and the five story limestone building behind it. The visitor entrance is on North Street, so we are just a short walk up the hill. Come by and get started on your family tree, take a look at old newspapers, or just have a look around! Library hours are Monday 9-5, Tuesday-Friday 8-5, and Saturday 8-1.

The Old Capitol Museum is also a short walk up the hill–you can see the dome from the fairgrounds. If you haven’t visited this National Historic Landmark, stop by for a tour! Visitor entrance is on State Street. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 1-5 (closed Mondays).

Call Number: PI/SF/REC/1987.0200, Item 1 (MDAH Collection)

Other MDAH holdings on the Mississippi State Fair include records of the Fair Commission, subject files, more photographs, and miscellaneous papers and booklets.

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