We have been posting events for the Dixie National Rodeo for the last couple of weeks; however, the rodeo goes into full swing this weekend and lasts until February 21, 2021.
Each year in February – cowboys, cowgirls, 4-H/FFA members, rodeo queens, and spectators travel from around the world to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds to experience the largest rodeo East of the Mississippi River. From the agricultural exposition and livestock shows to the renowned rodeo entertainment, the Dixie National Rodeo continues to flourish as a tradition treasured by so many.
Local, western enthusiasts Herman Massey, Percy Quinn, Robert Stockett, and Agricultural Commissioner Si Corely created the Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock show in 1965. This year, 2021, is the 56th year.
With a low promotional budget from the start, the founders of the Dixie National were very creative in their marketing. In the earlier days, a long-horned bull was purposely turned loose on the fairgrounds as a publicity stunt. News reporters and TV stations were called about the animal’s escape after it started heading towards Capital Street. Cameras arrived, capturing the cowboys’ success of wrangling the dangerous-looking bull. This event is what created the public interest in the now famous, Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show.
Through the years, the rodeo has grown, adding more events and entertainment. Events now include a rodeo pageant, parade, dance, and entertainment from nationally known artists, such as- The Oak Ridge Boys, Moe Bandy, John Conlee, Riley Green, and Sawyer Brown. This year the Dixie National Rodeo is also adding the Dixie National Expo and Antique Tractor Show to the lineup.
If you’ve never been, you should definitely take a trip and bring the family!