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Mississippi Fairgrounds Announces Tickets to the 58th Annual Dixie National Rodeo
On Sale Friday, November 18


STATE FAIRGROUNDS, Miss. – Tickets for the 58th Annual Dixie National Rodeo officially go on sale tomorrow, Friday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m. The Dixie National Rodeo takes place Friday, February 10, through Sunday, February 12, and Wednesday, February 15, through Saturday, February 18, in the Mississippi Coliseum.

“The Mississippi State Fairgrounds is gearing up for another exciting Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo,” said Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. “The Dixie National Rodeo, the ‘Greatest Show on Dirt,’ is one event that you will not want to miss. Bring your family and enjoy this ‘something-for-everyone’ event, as cowboys and cowgirls from across the country converge for this rodeo competition. I encourage everyone to get their tickets now for the 2023 Dixie National Rodeo.”

Dixie National Rodeo performances are as follows:

  • Friday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. – Randy Houser
  • Saturday, February 11, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – Chancey Williams
  • Sunday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m. – Mark Chesnutt
  • Wednesday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. – Lainey Wilson
  • Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. – Diamond Rio
  • Friday, February 17, at 7:00 p.m.  – Casey Donahew
  • Saturday, February 18, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – Chris Lane

The Dixie National Rodeo, produced by Harper & Morgan Rodeo, is the largest professional rodeo east of the Mississippi River. Tickets to the Rodeo can be purchased at the Coliseum Box Office or online at

The 2023 Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo will run January 6 to February 19, 2023. In addition to the rodeo, this six-week event features multiple equine and livestock shows, the Sale of Junior Champions, the Mississippi Ag and Outdoor Expo, Rodeo Days Expo, the Dixie National Steakhouse and the Dixie National Parade. For more information, download the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo mobile app, visit and follow the Dixie National Livestock Show & Rodeo page on Facebook. is an online news source covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


  1. Rodeo is condemned by EVERY animal welfare organization in North America due to its inherent cruelty. For the majority of these exploited and abused creatures, the rodeo arena is merely a detour en route to the slaughterhouse. Imagine the public outcry if pet dogs were as mistreated as the roping calves (and mere babies, at that). Rodeo has almost NOTHING to do with ranching. It’s mostly hype, a macho exercise in DOMINATION. It needs to end. BOYCOTT CRUELTY.


  2. Animals should not be injured or killed for entertainment and that is what rodeo is.  It bears no resemblance to ranching.  I grew up on a cattle ranch in North Dakota and spent 8 years as a ranch veterinarian there.  My ranch clients did not ride bulls, speed rope calves or make their expensive horses buck.  Rodeo is not American “tradition”.    
    As a former bareback bronc rider, pathologist and large animal veterinarian, I have both the experience and autopsy proof that rodeo injures and kills animals. Dr. Robert Bay from Colorado autopsied roping calves and found hemorrhages, torn muscles, torn ligaments, damage to the trachea, damage to the throat and damage to the thyroid. These calves never get a chance to heal before they are used again. Meat inspectors including Drs. Haber and Fetzner who processed rodeo animals found broken bones, ruptured internal organs, massive amounts of blood in the abdomen from ruptured blood vessels and damage to the ligamentum nuchae that holds the neck to the rest of the spinal column.
    Dr. Haber, also a meat inspection veterinarian, had this to say about the injuries seen in rodeo animals.  “Dr. C. G. Haber–a  veterinarian with thirty years of experience as a USDA meat inspector–says, “The rodeo folks send their animals to the packing houses where…I have seen cattle so extensively bruised that the only areas in which the skin was attached was the head, neck, legs, and belly. I have seen animals with six to eight ribs broken from the spine and at times puncturing the lungs. I have seen as much as two and three gallons of free blood accumulated under the detached skin.”
    Animals and humans share the same pain and fear centers in the brain.   The fear center is the amygdala.   The pain centers are the pre-frontal cortex and the hypothalamus.   Animals feel pain and fear the same as humans!
    As a former state criminal lawyer, we prosecutors have all had cases where criminals have abused and tortured animals before abusing or killing humans. What are we teaching our children when we cheer when a calf roper knocks down and drags by the neck a bawling calf? Kids cry at rodeos. Time to end animal abuse at rodeos.


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