Today, the 57th Annual Dixie National Livestock Show officially gets underway at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds, beginning with the Dixie National Horse and Mule Color Bonanza Show.
“We are excited to kick-off the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo presented by our title sponsor Southern AgCredit,” says Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. “Over the next month, thousands of people will be making their way to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds for the many events and shows taking place. Having the Dixie National Rodeo take place over two weekends will give rodeo fans more opportunities to experience the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt.’ This year will include all the usual fan-favorites, such as the Dixie National Rodeo Parade and the Junior Sale of Champions, as well as the first-ever Spring Edition of the Mississippi Ag and Outdoor Expo and Dixie National Rodeo Days.”
The Dixie National Livestock Show will kick-off with the Dixie National Horse and Mule Color Bonanza Show, taking place Thursday, Jan. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 23 in the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. The show begins at 8 a.m. each day and features mules of different colors and sizes, long-eared donkeys, along with Pinto, Palomino, and American Ranch horses.
The Junior Round-Up Livestock Shows run Tuesday, Feb. 1 through Wednesday, Feb. 9 and will conclude with the Junior Sale of Champions on Thursday, Feb. 10. Open livestock shows begin Saturday, Feb. 12 and conclude Tuesday, Feb. 15. The Dixie National Quarter Horse Show taking place Tuesday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 20 will conclude the livestock and equine shows.
The Dixie National Rodeo takes place Friday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 13 and Wednesday, Feb. 16 through Saturday, Feb. 19 in the Coliseum with performances by Dylan Scott, Joe Nichols, The Gatlin Brothers, Justin Moore, Neal McCoy, Gary Allan, and The Bellamy Brothers. Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com/dixie-national-rodeo-tickets/artist/848320.
This year’s Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo will include several new events. The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will hold the Spring Edition of the Mississippi Ag and Outdoor Expo in the Mississippi Trade Mart during the first weekend of the Dixie National Rodeo, Feb. 11-13. The all-new Dixie National Rodeo Days will take place the second weekend of the rodeo, Feb. 16-19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mississippi Trade Mart. During Rodeo Days, rodeo fans can shop and learn about all things agriculture and rodeo.
For more information on the rodeo, concerts, and schedules, download the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo mobile app, visit www.dixienational.org or call 601-961-4000.