Posts Tagged ‘Billy Orr’

House bill for $50 million Coliseum redo, new Trade Mart heads for Senate

By TED CARTER A bill to spend $51 million to give the Mississippi Coliseum a makeover and tear down and rebuild the neighboring Trade Mart is halfway home, having passed the House overwhelmingly. Rep. Jeff Smith’s House Bill 39 proposing the general obligation bond must get through the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee chaired by Joey […] [...]

Trade Mart must soldier on without upgrades

The Mississippi Trade Mart, long the workhorse venue of the State Fairgrounds, will have to wait at least several more years for a renovation. Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith had included refurbishing of the approximately 73,000-square-foot exhibition center and neighboring Mississippi Coliseum in what was to be a $30-million appropriations request to legislators this year. Hyde-Smith […] [...]

Despite challenges, Mississippi coliseum and fairgrounds find niche

JACKSON — It’s the place where many baby boomers attended their first concert as teenagers or young adults. Not much has changed over the 48-year history of the state-owned Mississippi Coliseum at the fairgrounds. Today, people are still attending events at the aging coliseum, but the venue no longer is a stop on most major […] [...]

Mississippi State Fair 2011

by Published: October 6,2011

Tags: Billy Orr, Mississippi state fair

JACKSON- Billy Orr of the Mississippi State Fair Commission discusses running a fair during a recession, the jobs it creates and how money is going toward updating the Mississippi Coliseum. [...]

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