Organizers look ahead to Tunica as fair prepares to open

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - On the eve of its last opening in Memphis, organizers are working hard to make this year's Mid-South Fair the most exciting ever.

"It's a real special year because it's the last year, and it's not a year to be sad," Fair president Jim Rout said. "I mean, it's a year to be excited about the fact that this has been a great 152 year run."

Next September, you'll have to travel to Tunica to enjoy the Mid-South Fair.  Wednesday, Rout said plans for the Tunica opening are right on schedule.  However, he expressed concern about whether everything will be in order for the Fair to move out of its current Memphis site by the time its lease runs out December 31st.

"If we were able to stay until May or June that would probably give us enough time to get a warehouse built and set up down there," he said.

Rout said not having to move out of the Memphis Fairgrounds location for six or seven months after the lease runs out would prevent them from having to go out and buy expensive storage space for the booths and other equipment that has to be taken to Tunica.

"We want to make one move instead of two," he said. "It's more costly to make two, and it takes a lot of time. You've got to find two places instead of one."

But would delaying the Fair's move conflict with city of Memphis plans to redevelop the fairgrounds site?  Fair organizers are hoping something can be worked out.

In the meantime, they're concentrating on making the last Mid-South Fair in Memphis an amazing event.

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