- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - The McComb Lions Club is tired of holding its annual horse show in another county and it’s asking Pike County supervisors to provide a building closer to home.

The club held its annual Heart o’ Dixie Championship Walking and Racking Horse Show recently at Southwest Event Center in Tylertown in neighboring Walthall County.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1qcxZyR ) club member Tony Nettles told the board of supervisors the former location, the Heart o’ Dixie Arena on U.S. Highway 98 East in McComb, is too expensive for the club to maintain.

“It’s a sad state that we have to leave Pike County and go somewhere else to hold our show,” he said.

Board President Chuck Lambert said the issue has been previously discussed,

“It’s always come back to the cost of the structure and how we’re going to finance it,” Lambert said. “We are looking for money and it’s on our radar. It’s something we would like to do.”

Nettles said the show lasted just one day this year, but if the club could hold a two-day show that would draw more people from out of state for whom one day is not worth the trip.

Supervisors said a multi-purpose arena would be ideal for 4-H events, rodeos and truck shows.

“There are so many things we could use that facility for,” he said. “That multi-purpose building would help this county tremendously,” said Supervisor Tazwell Bowsky.

Bowsky suggested asking the Legislature for funds or holding a referendum to see if county residents would support it.

“We need to know how the county feels about supporting it, maybe from a small millage rate,” Bowsky said. “We’re going to explore all those options.”

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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