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Mississippi State Fair gets new executive director

Veteran venue manager Rick Reno has been named to replace Billy Orr as executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission.   Reno is currently executive director of VenuWorks in Dodge City, Kan. The Louisiana native has more than 40 years in facilities management and is a certified facilities executive recognized by the International Association of Venue Managers. Reno has also ...

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Poultry show returns to Fair after three-decade absence

While there is little doubt about the Mississippi State Fair’s popularity — it set a new attendance record this year — some purists have found the fair too carnival-like, and wished that it offered more traditional agriculture-related offerings. Well, they have to feel better now. After a 30-year absence, the 4-H poultry livestock show returned with great fanfare to the ...

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2010 Miss. state fair sets record

JACKSON — The 2010 Mississippi State Fair set an attendance record of 673,098, about 10,000 more than the former record set in 2005. The fair ended Sunday. Fair director Billy Orr tells The Clarion-Ledger that while numbers aren’t final, ticket sales netted around $3 million. Orr says good weather contributed to the attendance. Rain slowed attendance at last year’s fair ...

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