Tunica prepares to host Mid-South Fair - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Tunica prepares to host Mid-South Fair

What is now a plot of fertile farmland in the Mississippi Delta will soon become home to food and fun for the entire family.

From cotton fields to cotton candy, a plot of land along Highway 61 in Tunica is set to become home to the Mid South fair.

"It's another addition to a great tourism product we've already got," said Webster Franklin of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Webster Franklin said he hopes the move will create a permanent base for Tunica tourists.

"One of the things Mayor Rout really wants to do is have something that's not just ten days but something we can take advantage of many more days out of the year," he said.

Walter Wills donated the 150 acres of land to the fair.  He hopes the site will help tourists experience farm life first hand.

"It will just be so important to educate the general population of all different agricultural things from food to fiber," Wills said.

Transportation was one of the main reasons Tunica County was chosen to host the Mid South Fair.  Along I-69, its only about 12 miles to Interstate 55 and along Highway 61, it is only 35 minutes north to downtown Memphis.

John Almond owns the Hollywood Restaurant in Robinsonville. 

"I know that when the fair comes there will be an additional source of guests who will come to the Hollywood," he said.

Most hope the fair is in Tunica to stay.

"Well, they were in Memphis for over 150 years, so gosh, we'd like to think they'd be down here at least a couple of hundred years," Wills said.

Tunica officials are in discussions now about what type of year round attraction they are planning to put on the fairgrounds site.


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