Annual MEGA Barrel Race Starts Today At Mississippi State Fairgrounds


The MEGA Barrel Race starts today. The Mississippi State Fairgrounds is hosting the annual MEGA Barrel Race today through Saturday, August 22. The MEGA Barrel Race is a free event held in the Kirk Fordice Equine Center, and features competitors of all ages from across the nation.

“Events like this and other horse shows demonstrate that we can safely and successfully hold large events on the fairgrounds during this pandemic when incorporating precautionary measures,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. “We are observing state face mask requirements and encouraging visitors to maintain six feet of social distance between groups. Hand sanitizing stations are also provided throughout the grounds.”

The competition runs from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Today, August 20, and Friday, August 21. The winners will then compete in the finals held from 12 noon to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22. First, second and third place champions of each division win cash prizes, belt buckles and more. During this event, Penn’s Restaurant and City Limit Concessions vendors will be open to the public each day of the competition.