By Sean Dunlap
Agricultural interests and outdoor enthusiasts from Franklin and Mississippi’s other 81 counties are invited to attend a three-day event being held Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 8 in Jackson.
The first-ever Mississippi Ag and Outdoor Expo will be held at the new Mississippi Trade Mart on the state fairgrounds, and is being hosted by The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
“We are thrilled to bring a brand-new show of this kind to Mississippi,” Foundation Chief Executive Officer Don Brazil said.
“The show will highlight the incredible hunting, fishing, agricultural and outdoor spirit of our state.”
The expo will run from noon to 7 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 6; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 7; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 8.
Tickets are $12 for participants ages 13 and up; $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 12; and youth ages 5 and under will be admitted at no charge.
The show is slated to feature: Agriculture products and services; fishing products and services; worldwide guides and outfitters; ATVs and UTVs from top brands; tractors and power equipment; and an Archery in Mississippi Schools’ state championship tournament.
In addition, a concert featuring three musical acts — Tyler Farr, Adam Doleac and Corey Smith — will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday on the fairgrounds.
Gates for the concert will open at 6 p.m.
Combo tickets for the expo and concert are available as well as separate tickets for concert admission only.
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gibson said he is excited to see the program showcase two of the state’s largest economic sectors.
“Agriculture and the great outdoors go hand in hand, and the expo will provide a great opportunity to bring enthusiasts together at one event,” Gibson said.
“The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is excited to partner with The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries and Parks in hosting the largest agriculture and outdoor show in our state.”
Information related to the expo can be found online at www.mississippioutdoorexpo.com.