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DeSoto leaders look forward to fair

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - The Mid-South Fair will no longer call Memphis home, after choosing Tunica as its new site.  Because the new Tunica site won't be ready until next year, the DeSoto Civic Center will be the site for this year's event.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Chairman Church Roberts said Tuesday they have much to do in the meantime, but the excitement is building.

"This will be the single largest event that the DeSoto Civic Center has hosted in its 11 year history," Roberts said.

To that end, there is much work to do in preparation for such a large event. Roberts says it will require team work and cooperation from all areas of the county. That process is already underway.

"You have a number of law enforcement agencies. You have a number of other city and county agencies that are to be involved along with Mid-South Fair and the DeSoto Civic Center. We are going to be way ahead of the curve on this," he said.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was caught a bit off guard when the decision was made, and is cautiously optimistic. He wants to ensure that the safety of the citizens is the priority.
"Maybe if the city had been involved in the negotiations on the front end, a lot of our questions would have already been answered.," he said.

Roberts thinks that revenue from the fair could be between $5 million and $7 million, adding that there will also be between 300-500 jobs available as the event gets closer.

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