February 13, 2023

Dixie National brings Magnolia State together for largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River

Elijah Mangum

Covered wagons entertain the crowd during the Dixie National parade.

The Dixie National Rodeo kicked off Friday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

The rodeo offered spectators everything from bronc riding to cattle wrestling. The shows this weekend concluded with a concert featuring Country Music star Chancey Williams.

Dixie National is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi River and has a huge economic impact on the state.

“The ‘Yellowstone’ effect has really increased people’s interest in the rodeo. In fact, we have an all time record Dixie National Rodeo as far as people attending. So, we have between $40-50 million economic impact because of the Dixie National,” said Mississippi Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson.

Saturday’s festivities began with the annual Dixie National Parade. The parade’s theme was “Trailing Through the Decades” and included groups from across the state themed to various decades. This was in addition to floats and wagon trains that are featured in the parade each year.

2022 Miss Mississippi Emmie Perkins rode in the parade and presented the awards to participants scored by celebrity judges.

“It was really fun to commend them for their efforts to our state at this amazing event that brings Mississippians together,” said Perkins.

Also, the trade mart hosted vendors and contests at the Rodeo Days Expo.

The Dixie National Rodeo runs through Sunday Feb. 19.

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