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Officials searching for location for 2009 Mid-South Fair

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - For Mid-South Fair officials, the decision to move to Tunica is proving to be a bit difficult, as several issues may force them to find a new location for this year's event. 
 
Fair officials, struggling to be ready for their proposed move to Tunica County for the 2009 edition of the event, are looking to another part of north Mississippi to host the Mid-South Fair.

"I don't know specifically what they've looked at," Chuck Roberts, Chairman of the DeSoto County Convention and Business Bureau said Thursday. "I do know that the only two sites that would accommodate the Mid-South fair in DeSoto County would be Snowden Grove Park or the DeSoto County Civic Center."

Fair officials say a combination of the winter months and a bad economy, including the struggling financial markets, means adjusting their timeline, which does not include Tunica at present.

Roberts says DeSoto County has the facilities and the space required for such a major event.

"The fair needs 100-150 acres to be able to operate all of its programs from livestock, to the midway, to entertainment, in addition to parking several thousand cars everyday, so its a daunting task," he said.

Roberts believes the DeSoto Civic Center is best equipped to handle what the fair would require, but scheduling and some creativity would be the central issue.

"It certainly would require some creativity on our part to make sure that the entire facility was available," he said.  "The greater creativity will come on the part of the fair."

Right now, its all about time, because the fair's Tunica site will not be ready for the 10-day event, set to start on September 25th  Fair officials hope to make a decision on a new site within the next month.  Roberts says he hopes that decision will come a bit sooner, because there is much work that would need to be done.


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