Supervisor James Lynn
Cartlidge was elected to the Forrest County Board of Supervisors in 1976 and
with input from many constituents started efforts for a multi purpose arena to
accommodate the growing demand for equine and livestock functions. Plans finally became reality in March 1999
when the doors of the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center opened for
operation. At the Southern Miss
Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo, the facility was officially dedicated and named for
the man who (along with dozens of others) worked hard for more than two decades
to make the vision a reality. The James
Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center hosted the dedication
ceremony and rodeo on March 13, 1999.
Since then, more than a million people have attended the hundreds of
events that have taken place on the complex grounds.