Events setting up the Dixie National Rodeo will begin this weekend.
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce reports that the 2024 Dixie National Livestock Show will take place starting Friday.
Opening the show will be the first equine event, the Dixie National Horse Cutting Show, at 8:00 a.m. Friday, running through Sunday at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center located on the Mississippi Fairgrounds.
The term “cutting” refers to the act of separating one cow from a herd of cattle using a horse with a rider. Once the cow is separated, riders are no longer allowed to use their reins and must rely on the horse’s instincts to keep the cow apart from its herd.
Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson is inviting the public to attend the multiple livestock and equine shows scheduled to take place over the next month, many of which are free to attend.
A complete schedule of livestock events can be found here.
The upcoming 59th annual Dixie National Rodeo runs February 9-17 in the Mississippi Coliseum. The entertainment line-up includes Conner Smith, Colin Stough, Tracy Byrd, Chris Cagle, Megan Moroney, Sammy Kershaw, Corey Kent, and Parmalee.
Tickets to the Dixie National Rodeo can be purchased here or by visiting the coliseum’s box office.