Lafayette County Arena transforms into community events center

The Lafayette County Multi-Purpose Arena has become one of the busiest event spaces in the county. Photo courtesy of Red Window Communications

Since opening just over three years ago, the Lafayette County Multi-Purpose Arena has become one of the busiest event spaces in the county.

The arena has hosted children’s camps, cooking competitions, gardening classes, craft shows, health fairs and job fairs, barrel racing, horseback riding lessons and even world-class professional rodeo events.

“Over the past three years, the arena has become a great place to gather, learn and have a good time,” said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, which manages the arena.

The arena hosts events that attract a wide range of audiences. It has served as a space for circus productions and is now home to the Velvet Ditch Steak Cook-Off, which is a qualifier for the World Food Championship. And it recently won grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, South Arts and Visit Mississippi to host a community concert series.

On the evening of the free ride, members of the community are invited to use the indoor arena from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $5 per horse. Photo provided.

“Because of the size of the facility, we attract national touring productions,” Andrews said. “We recently partnered with Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association event producer JC Kitaif Pro Rodeos, based in Mississippi, and will be hosting a televised professional rodeo contest annually in the arena.”

The Lafayette County Multi-Purpose Arena is comprised of two meeting rooms, a demonstration kitchen, a large indoor agricultural arena with bleachers, and a covered outdoor practice area.

It also houses Lafayette County Office of the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

This office offers educational programs such as 4-H youth training and master gardener programs, business and community resource development, and resources for farmers and businesses.

Additionally, this arena regularly hosts open ride nights.

During a free ride evening, members of the community are invited to use the indoor arena from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for $5 per horse. Community members can also request a private ride in which they can bring up to three horses for $50.

The Lafayette County Multi-Purpose Arena is available for public and private events.

For more information on upcoming events or to submit a usage request, visit website.

“We’re always interested in bringing new classes and events to the arena,” Andrews said. “We invite residents to call us to find out more about the arena and the facilities we have available.”


Courtesy of Red Window Communications

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