No Highway Parking at Fair

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has informed the city of Meridian that this year, fair goers will not be able to park along Highway 19 because of safety concerns.

"The city has been informed and they've asked the county to work with them to see what other opportunities we have for parking," said District 3 Supervisor Craig Hitt. "Quite frankly, right now, I don't know that we have the answer but we'll certainly get it to the public as soon as we can."

So far, city,county and fair officials have met twice about the issue.
At last check there was still not a solution to the problem.

However, because parking for the fair is available inside the Agri-Center's parking lot, the fair will be held as planned.

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  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Sep 17, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    I agree that the parties making the money should be the ones paying to do something about the parking situation. If the city is making money from the fair, sure, help out. If not, don't waste taxpayer resources.
  • by FilterLady Location: Meridian on Sep 17, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    My husband and I have been to the fair ONCE at the AgCenter with our son and his family. We will not go back. The parking is horrible and the food and rides are too expensive. We all now go to the State Fair in Jackson. The parking and food are always good and the rides are a good price. We will be going with our sons and their families again this year.
  • by RR Location: lauderdale county on Sep 17, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    Memories are great,we can create them to be as pleasant as we want them to be.I remember the crowds at the old fair,it was special.But I don't remember it being good for Meridian's economy.For 2 weeks after the fair left town the Merchants in Meridian could have shut down, as business was dead.When the fair would pack up and leave it would take most of the fair goers money with it.Very few locals benefited from the fair. It would take a fortune to repair the old fairgrounds.I don't think anyone has noticed that it is falling in on it's self.Time has taken it's toll on the old fairgrounds,but our memories grow fonder as we forget about the toilets over flowing in the 2 bathrooms in the whole place the money that we wish we hadn't spent with very little to show for,maybe a stuffed animal or a severe case of indigestion.I have great memories of the old fair,but there is a lot that I haven't forgotten too.As for every year the fair comes to town,it will leave with a lot of local money.
  • by Deliah Location: meridian on Sep 16, 2010 at 09:57 PM
    If the city and county is broke who is going to pay to clear the land for the new parking area??If the trolley is used to transport folks from the parking area to the fair grounds who is going to pay for that???If Lyn Mcrae is associated with getting the fair to Meridian, the county/city owns the Ag Center who pays for what and is there any profits and how will that be divided???The city police doesnt have time to patrol this area, in fact they didnt believe the man who called in earlier this week from north Meridian when he called to report his vehicle window busted out. Oh!!there were 5 or 6 vehicles with broked windows in the same area.
  • by Why Location: Meridian on Sep 16, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    Why are Hitt and officials worried about finding parking? Why doesn't the owner who's making the money find parking. Looks like it's his problem. He's the one to benefit. Shouldn't be my supervisors.
  • by Lynn Location: Meridian on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    I am with so many of the other people- the fair just is NOT the same since it moved from the old location. I've often talked about this very subject with friends when "fair time" rolls around each year. I have only been to the fair at the ag center twice and was SOOO disappointed both years. I have no plans on going back to the fair at the ag center again. We have instead opted to go to the Jackson fair. I don't know anything about why the venue changed, but sure wish we could get back to the Mississippi Alabama State fair. I am sure attendance will multiply.
  • by Me Location: Meridian on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    Went to the Crawfish festival in Spring and they charged for parking there. Why in the world do people charge to park your car? Also, heard the Crawfish festival was suppose to donate money to the local charities but they did not.... SHAME ON YOU!
  • by Someone who knows Location: Meridian on Sep 16, 2010 at 04:39 AM
    Not sure where "MississippiAlabamaFair" is getting his/her information from. Babs still lives in Meridian. Wal-Mart didn't buy the land because the old fairgrounds is in a flood zone, not because of the price. Putting on a huge fair is a lot of work and Babs did a great job with it when she had it. She is older now and I seriously doubt she has the energy to devote to something like that. The fair would have continued longer there if it hadn't have been for the greedy city of Meridian. The fair that Babs put on brought in so so so much money for the city. It was great for the economy. All Babs asked for in return was for the city to foot the water bill for the fair, but of course the city wouldn't do that. All the city cares about is revitalizing downtown, which is great. But all the millions of dollars used to build a parking garage and fix up old buildings.....why didn't the great mayor use that to attract Hyundai or the other big businesses that were looking to move to this area?
  • by Mary Location: Meridian on Sep 15, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Old fair ground please. Theres more room and less rocks.
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Sep 15, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    The old mall property is still privately owned. Maybe someone should get in touch with Paul Broadhead Jr about that. Decent idea, but the fair would have to be fenced in to control people who would try to get in without paying. Wonder if Zane (Babs' son) could do anything about the use of the old fairgrounds? I'd think Babs would want to at least make SOME money by putting it to use...
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