I was so exited when I got the inquiry to photograph MidSouth Fair pictures in Southaven, Mississippi. I hadn’t be to a fair in years and could already smell the elephant ears! The opportunity involved a grand opening for the Lander’s Center and a talent show.
Aside from giving me a chance to add a local event to my portfolio, the shoot also gave my family an excuse to explore more of Desoto County together. We haven’t gotten out a lot since moving from Arizona last year. Here are some of my favorites from three days of footage.
Behind the Scenes Fair Footage.
The first day I was there didn’t involve your typical MidSouth Fair pictures. The Lander’s Center was opening a new entrance and the PR team wanted to get some images of the people that make it all work. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, I met little Max. He won a contest to be the spokes kid for 2022.
In between his interviews with Memphis TV stations, I was able to snap a few pictures of the impressive young man. They even had him holding the super-sized scissors to cut the ribbon! He did such a great job! I would have been frozen stiff at that age. But he remained poised and confident despite the heat and boredom.
Throughout the opening weekend, Max tested the rides and hosted all sorts of things. That’s the best thing about the fair – there’s something for the whole family to watch or do! It was cute watching him introduce all of the talent show participants. It was pretty obvious that Max was just as excited about Mid-South Fair pictures as I was!
Company & MidSouth Fair Food.
The second day wasn’t as eventful, but it was just as much fun. This time, I got to bring my awesome partner (aka Husband) from Prefocus along for some drone media. I never take for granted working side by side on a photography project with my spouse. We compliment each other well and he really helps me with creative direction.
The second best part of the day was the aroma in the air. Even though fair food is absolutely terrible for your health, you just can’t ignore it. Even if you already ate lunch, passing on all your favorite tastes is pretty much impossible. I wasn’t surprised that the Mid-South Fair had plenty of yummy choices. So I snapped a few mouth watering pictures.
Entertainment & Unexpected Thrills.
If you made it out to Southaven this year, did you test your luck on a few games before finding your first ride? Unlike the fairs I’ve been to, this event had plenty of choices for a variety of ages. Well, except for 2 and under. Our little guy was a bit bummed, but my husband wasn’t haha. The little man still had a great time riding what suited him.
Speaking of attractions, the Mouse Coaster was a big hit. The thrill totally caught me off guard as I thought it was a little kiddie ride! My 9 year old son wasn’t too thrilled I made him ride it with me! The size of the ride really helped me capture some unique MidSouth Fair Pictures.
We chose to end the evening listening to live music, petting the livestock, and looking down at all of the carnival lights of from the ferris wheel. It would have been nice to see a demolition derby, but it was a peaceful way to end a full, beautiful Mississippi day.
Wrapping Up My MidSouth Fair Pictures.
Day three didn’t lack any entertainment at all! The junior-talent show was down to its finalists and preparing to announce the 2022 winner. Give a round of applause for all those young and bold artists with their beautiful talents and ambitious hearts.
The people, food, street art and different performances made the 3 days I spent at the MidSouth fair a lot of fun. I’m glad I was asked to photograph and look forward to the next event at the Lander’s Center. I hope you got to enjoy the carnival atmosphere yourself as well as all the photos I took for the Midsouth Fair this year!