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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 has since dropped the Trade ...

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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 concert tours. A big reason ...

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