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Cochran, Childers Set to Address Crowd at 13th Annual Hobnob

JACKSON, Miss.–Both Sen. Thad Cochran (R) and his Democrat challenger for Senate, Travis Childers, are expected to address the crowd Wednesday at the Mississippi Economic Council’s 13th Annual Hobnob event at the Mississippi Ag Museum in Jackson.

More than 2,000 business and community leaders are expected to take part in the event. A news release Thursday said that over 2,100 had registered.

“It’s gonna be wonderful,” said Gov. Phil Bryant, one of the guest speakers. “It’s the state chamber of commerce. You’ll have every state-wide elected official, a number of legislators. You’ll hear updates from the state local and federal level. MEC does a wonderful job of bringing the business community together on that great day.”

The day starts with registration at 8:30 a.m. and political speeches begin at 9:30 a.m.  Hobnob concludes with a buffet lunch featuring fried catfish, bar-b-que chicken and all the fixings.

This is a news release with more info:

Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will provide the latest on what’s happening at the State Capitol. Other statewide elected officials set to speak are Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Attorney General Jim Hood, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.

There will be a special welcome from recently-elected Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and special entertainment from Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, a Top 10 Miss America Finalist and Finalist for Quality of Life.

Hobnob regulars will also see some major improvements to the overall atmosphere of Hobnob and the experience under the “Big Top” at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson. Improvements include:

  • Serving lines for the lunch buffet have doubled, creating a minimal wait.
  • Hobnob layout has been reconfigured to increase the traffic, visibility and participation by corporate booth sponsors.
  • The number of audio speakers inside and outside the tent has been increased so that those who Hobnob outside can still hear the speakers — and those who Hobnob inside won’t be disturbed.

To register and for a complete schedule go to

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