Summer Fair is back in Biloxi

COURTESY COAST COLISEUMA family of lions and tigers will perform during the Coast Coliseum Summer Fair.
COURTESY COAST COLISEUMA family of lions and tigers will perform during the Coast Coliseum Summer Fair.

The family fun of the midway is happening daily in Biloxi with the 30th annual Coast Coliseum Summer Fair through June 19.

The Coliseum Summer Fair brings a spectacle that just isn't seen elsewhere on the Coast. Swine races, magic, motorcycles and more make up a series of free shows that run two to three times daily.

A popular return from last year's event is Extreme Illusions & Escapes with Josh Knotts and Leah. The show boasts extraordinary grand illusions, making it more than just an average magic show.

At the Motorcycle Madness Freestyle Stunt Show, riders launch their bikes 75 feet into the air, leaving their seats in the process, for a thrilling spectacle. Each show is followed by an opportunity for photos and autographs with the stars.

Kids and adults alike might have fun watching the scurrying of the Safari Swine Races. Animal lovers can get up close to the pets with the Show-Me Safari Petting Zoo. Also, professional trainers Vincent Von Duke and Pom Pom will have a family of lions and tigers performing.

For more bang for your fair bucks, a one-price armband will get you unlimited thrilling rides. One-price hours are 5-10 p.m. Monday through Friday for $25 and 1-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for $28.

The fair also has plenty of live local music with bands playing nightly. The Will Smith Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, it's the Coates Bros. at 4 p.m. and Wright of Way at 7p.m. On Sunday, it's Katie Jones at 4:30 p.m. and Sasser at 6:30. Others scheduled to perform are Project Nine (8:30 p.m. Tuesday), Alannah McCready (8:30 p.m. Wednesday), No Regrets (8 p.m. Thursday), Magnolia Bayou (7 p.m. June 17), Julie's Irish Dancers (4 p.m.) and Macey Mac (7 p.m. June 18), and two unannounced bands to close the fair June 19.

Also during the fair, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns will defend his title when the WWE Smackdown comes to the Coliseum at 6 Tuesday night. Others competing include The Lunatic Fringe Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens and WWE Women's Champion Charlotte. WWE tickets start at $15 and are available at the Coliseum box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

The fairgrounds opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fair closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Admission at the gate is free for ages 12 and younger, and $5 for all others.