AG Commissioner responds to criticism of Miss. State Fair: “Enough of the complaining!”

AG Commissioner responds to criticism of Miss. State Fair: “Enough of the complaining!”
(Source: WLBT)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson responded to criticism of the Mississippi State Fair on Saturday morning.

“Enough of the complaining! Our State Fair is Mississippi’s most significant agricultural exhibition,” Gipson wrote on Facebook. “The Fair has existed for over 160 years to support our agricultural and livestock producers in their efforts to raise better stock to feed Mississippians and their families.”

Criticism of the State Fair:

On Thursday, Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba expressed his concerns about the fair. He said the event places the city in a “uniquely dangerous position" as people would travel from all over to attend.

“That means that we’re going to be inviting this hotbed of transmission of the virus right here in the center of our city,” said Lumumba. “And, you know, we likely won’t have corresponding support to deal with that.”

Viewers on the WLBT Facebook page also voiced their concerns:

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Despite this criticism, Gipson says the fair is critical for the state’s agriculture.

“The State Fair Livestock Shows are critical and they spur our young people to continue working in agriculture, like this future dairyman who showed the top milk producing cow last year! In addition, the Fair offers a variety of Mississippi food products crafted by our own people,” said Gipson.

He encourages Mississippians to stop complaining about the fair and come out and enjoy it.

“Instead of complaining, we are having it, think about the purpose of the fair, and come have a good time celebrating Mississippi agriculture.”

Read Commissioner Gipson’s full message below:

“This is a message for those criticizing having the Mississippi State Fair. Enough of the complaining! Our State Fair is Mississippi’s most significant agricultural exhibition. The Fair has existed for over 160 years to support our agricultural and livestock producers in their efforts to raise better stock to feed Mississippians and their families. The State Fair Livestock Shows are critical and they spur our young people to continue working in agriculture, like this future dairyman who showed the top milk producing cow last year! In addition, the Fair offers a variety of Mississippi food products crafted by our own people. If you find it ok to travel to shop at Walmart, Kroger, or go to ball games, you will find it even safer and more meaningful to come to the 105 ACRE 161st Mississippi State Fair, and you should come if for no other reason to support Mississippi agriculture - the farmers who never stopped working so we all could eat and survive during COVID. Instead of complaining, we are having it, think about the purpose of the Fair and come have a good time celebrating Mississippi agriculture. If you are too fearful to venture out, please just stay home and thank a farmer next time you have something to eat. Let us get on with life, so everyone including you can have something to eat. My team and I worked our tails off to develop a safe plan to have the Fair under these conditions and I’m very proud we are setting a model for the rest of the Country. It can be done! Onward. Thank you and have a blessed day.”

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