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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The Mississippi State Fair, for the 154th year, is welcoming thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Jackson. How affordable is the fair for families? We found the state fair seems to be budget friendly and the midway rides are proven to be safe for all ages.
The Mississippi State Fair welcomes thousands of people for 12 straight days.
"We have six children, so there are eight of us total," said Matthew Nasekos.
With a five dollar entry fee for everyone older than the age of six, it would cost $40 to get into the Mississippi State Fair for a family of eight, but there is the alternative.
"The only time my family comes is when you get in free, said Nasekos. "During the week, Monday through Friday, you can get in free if you come before 1p.m. So that's what we do. So we save the money on parking and admission and buy tickets to do the rides."
The midway rides are one of the main attractions for those with a need for speed. Normally, ride coupons can be bought for $1.25 per ticket, or four tickets for $5, but there are certain days where you can get more for you buck.
"On Friday night starting about 10p.m. they have midnight madness which means it's $20 to ride until they close down," said fair Executive Director Billy Orr.
Orr says you can pay the flat rate and ride as many rides as you want, as many times as you want.
He says best part, all the rides are tested and signed with safety.
"We have safety inspectors here. They are inspecting everyday and when they get through with the ride they ride it, said Orr.T"hey give us specifications about how long you can ride a ride, how many minutes or seconds at the speed it goes. We're limited to how long you can ride a ride at a certain speed without making you sick."
Orr says along with safety standards, the Mississippi State Fair is one of the cheapest fairs in the state.
"Any kind of amusement they are going to jack the prices up and we understand. You have to make money and we just have to limit what we're able to do," added Nasekos.
Friday nights are the Ride-A-Thon night which means from 10p.m. until 1a.m. you can pay $20 and ride as many rides as you want for the flat rate.
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