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October 4-15, 2017
158th Mississippi State Fair
The Mississippi State Fair means something different to each individual. To some, it is about entertainment like the carnival rides and concerts. For others, it means the opportunity to participate in one of the many competitions such as the livestock shows. No matter what makes this 12-day extravaganza special to you, the Mississippi State Fair has something to offer those of all ages. Over the years, the State Fair has evolved and expanded to enhance the fairgoers’ experience, but it remains true to its strong agricultural heritage by continuing to offer fun-filled, family entertainment.
October 5-8, 2017 - Southern Foodways Symposium
The 20th Southern Foodways Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi, will take place October 5–8, 2017. Mark your calendars and check back here in the summer to find programming details and ticket sale information.
October 6-7, 2017 Roast-n-Boast BBQ Cooking Competition
Mississippi State BBQ Cooking Championship. Pig Racing - Live Music.
October 7-8, 2017 Mississippi Peanut Festival- Collins, Mississippi
Experience life on a working farm and enjoy Mississippi grown peanuts. More than 100 vendors with unique crafts and gifts, lots of great Southern food, and live entertainment will all be present at this year's event. Admission to the festival also gets you into the Mitchell Farms Pumpkin Patch and Maze where you can take wagon ride tours of the famr, learn about agriculture in Mississippi, pikc a free pumpkin from the patch, and explore a 6 acre maze.
October 9-13, 2017
National School Lunch Week
School Nutrition Association.
October 13, 2017
Celebrate autumn in Starkville with this fun family event featuring a pumpkin patch with locally grown pumpkins, a pumpkin painting contest, trick or treating for kids to downtown merchants and live music.
October 13-14, 2017 Octoberfest - Cleveland, Mississippi
Octoberfest is a celebration of barbecue, arts, music, southern cuisine and much more! A Memphis Barbeque Network sanctioned barbecue contest, this annual festival draws 20,000 + to historic downtown Cleveland. Featuring non-stop live music on 2 stages, this year Octoberfest will feature Blues Blvd. where Mississippi merchandise, live blues music and authentic Mississippi cuisine can be enjoyed. Attendance: 20,000.
October 15-22, 2017 Annual Jackson County Fair
Held annually at the Fairgrounds in Pascagoula is the best free fair in the South. The Jackson County Fair features food booths manned by non-profit church organizations, a midway stocked with rides for all ages, arts and crafts made by local citizens, live entertainment, business displays and a pavilion stocked with prize winning animals from the local FFA organizations.
October 19-21, 2017 Annual Delta Hot Tamale Festival
'Hot Tamale Capital of the World' Tamale Street Party; Tamale Cooking Contest; T-Shirt & Poster Contest; Miss Hot Tamale Contest; Tamale Eating Contest and much more! (also: www.hottamalefest.com/ )
October 21, 2017 Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Festival
Enjoy delicious regional food specialties, Music & Entertainment, Arts & Craft show, Regional Food, Heritage & Educational Area, Car & Motorcycle Show, Mullet Toss Contest and Kid's Area. Fun for all ages. Over 30,000 folks attended last year”s festival. Attendance: 30,000.
October 31, 2017 Town-Wide Halloween Party - Tylertown, Mississippi
Get your costumes ready... the Town-wide Halloween Party October 31 from 3-5 p.m.. Participating businesses have free candy for costumed children (10 and under) starting at 3 p.m.. Standard Trick or Treating hours are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!!!
October 16-18, 2015 Chilifest - Starkville, Mississippi
Presented by Starkville Junior Auxiliary, MSU Amphitheater. Taste-test delicious chili recipes as some of Starkville’s favorite restaurants and cooking teams compete for the best chili! Lots of kids activities for the whole family, benefitting the great work of Starkville JA!
October 10, 2014 Chili Festival - Tupelo, Mississippi
Local competition for who cooks the best chili in Tupelo!The Lunch portion of the event is catered by cotton bolt catering. At night, local teams compete for who has the best “make you wanna slap your mama” chili in town.
October 19-21, 2012 Barbecue: 15th Southern Foodways Symposium
Barbecue: An Exploration of Pitmaster, Places, Smoke, and Sauce. The symposiums provide opportunities for thinkers, writers, cooks, and eaters to come to a better understanding of American regional culinary culture. Lectures and performances, staged on the University of Mississippi campus, and at locations around the city of Oxford, will be amplified by informal breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
October 2, 2010 Sorghum Festival - Michigan City, Mississippi
Sorghum has many uses, the most famous of which is molasses making. Join in all of the great excitement surrounding this fun-time festival.
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