Thursday, October 1st, Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner, Andy Gipson will officially cut the ribbon at the new Mississippi Trade Mart.
Beginning this event at 8:30 am, Miss Mississippi, Mary Margaret Hyer, will open the building dedication program with "The Star-Spangled Banner". Following there will be music and remarks from local faith leaders. Following the dedication, there will be a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 10:00 am in the foyer of the new Trade Mart with Commissioner Gibson and Governor Reeves. The public is invited to attend.
The new Trade Mart is attached to the Mississippi Coliseum, expanding the functionality and flexibility of both facilities. Approaching 110,000 square feet, the new facility includes a lobby, commercial-sized kitchen, two cafes, a reception area and three massive trade halls. The trade halls provide a large, covered space for exterior events such as the Mississippi State Fair. For large events, the Coliseum, which recently underwent a $2.2 million arena renovation, may be used as a connected fourth bay for the Trade Mart.
The Mississippi Legislature authorized $30 million to build the new Trade Mart and make improvements to the Mississippi Fairgrounds. The new Mississippi Trade Mart was designed by Wier Boerner Allin Architecture, and Fountain Construction was the general contractor.