Upcoming Events

09.12.2014 - 09.13.2014
Forrest County 4-H Fall Livestock Invitational

09.19.2014 - 09.21.2014
Dixie Region Team Penning Finals

09.26.2014 - 09.28.2014
NBHA Mid South Super Show

10.01.2014 - 10.02.2014
Cole Brothers Circus

10.03.2014 - 10.05.2014
Josey Barrel Racing Clinic

10.16.2014 - 10.24.2014
Duds For Doodlebugs

11.08.2014
Cheer Competition

11.22.2014 - 11.23.2014
Gun and Knife Show

12.04.2014 - 12.07.2014
Deep South Team Roping Finals

12.20.2014
YCP Graduation

About Us
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Forrest County Multi Purpose Center
Physical Address:                         Mailing Address:
962 Sullivan Road                        P.O. Box 1151
Hattiesburg, MS  39401               Hattiesburg, MS  39403-1151
 
 
Office Phone: 601-583-7500
Fax: 601-583-7504 
 
Sarah Gatwood - Executive Director
601-596-5639 cell
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Sarah is responsible for all Main Arena bookings and marketing/advertising.

 

Michael Turnage - Assistant Director
601-325-8755 cell
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Call Mike for stall and RV reservations and for information about the Forrest County Lake.

 

Wayne Smith - Operations Director
601-788-4904 cell
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Wayne supervises all maintenance, outside work and event set-up.
 
Tavis Johnson - RV Park Night Watch
601-606-2832 cell
Call Tavis for after-hours RV Park and stall reservations/questions.
 
Driving Directions PDF Print E-mail
Forrest County Multi Purpose Center
962 Sullivan Road                                     Click here to get detailed directions from MapQuest.
Hattiesburg, MS  39401 
 
From Jackson, MS
Travel South on US Highway 49 approximately 98 miles, going through Hattiesburg. After passing the Elks Lake Road turn (on the right), stay in the left lane and you will pass the Hattiesburg Industrial Park on the left. Less than one mile from Industrial Park, turn left onto Sullivan Road by the electronic message board at the Multi Purpose Center exit.
 
From Meridian, MS
Travel South on Interstate 59 to Hattiesburg. Take the US Highway 98 East exit (Exit #59). After merging onto US Highway 98 East, travel approximately two miles and take the US Highway 49 exit for the Mississippi Gulf Coast/Gulfport. Keep left at the fork on the exit ramp and turn left onto US Highway 49 North. Travel approximately one mile and turn right onto Sullivan Road by the electronic message board at the Multi Purpose Center entrance.
 
From New Orleans, LA
Take Interstate 10 East approximately 32 miles and merge onto Interstate 59 North at the Interstate 12 West/Interstate 59 North exit. Travel approximately 70 miles on Interstate 59 North and take the US Highway 98 East exit (Exit #59). After merging onto US Highway 98 East, travel approximately two miles and take the US Highway 49 exit for the Mississippi Gulf Coast/Gulfport. Keep left at the fork on the exit ramp and turn left onto US Highway 49 North. Travel approximately one mile and turn right onto Sullivan road by the electronic message board at the Multi Purpose center.
 
From Birmingham, AL
Travel South on Interstate 59 to Hattiesburg. Approximately half a mile past the South Hattiesburg exit, take the US Highway 98 East exit. Merge onto US Highway 98 East and travel for approximately two miles. Take the US Highway 49 exit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast/Gulfport. Keep left on the fork on the exit ramp and turn left onto US Highway 49 North. After traveling approximately one mile on US Highway 49 North, turn right onto Sullivan Road at the Multi Purpose Center entrance by the electronic message board.
 
From Mobile, AL Travel west on US Highway 98 to Hattiesburg. Exit at US Highway 49 North. After merging onto US Highway 49 North travel approximately one mile on US Highway 49 North, turn right onto Sullivan Road at the Multi Purpose Center entrance by the electronic message board.
 
 
History PDF Print E-mail
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.  
 
Board of Supervisors PDF Print E-mail
The James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center is owned and operated by Forrest County, Mississippi and under the supervision of the county'’s elected Board.  Five supervisors, representing the county’s five districts, are elected and serve four-year terms.

District 1 Supervisor - David Hogan
District 2 Supervisor - Charles Marshall
District 3 Supervisor - Burkett Ross
District 4 Supervisor - Rod Woullard
District 5 Supervisor - Chris Bowen
 
All members of the Board of Supervisors may be contacted at 601-545-6000.
 
Advisory Council PDF Print E-mail
The Forrest County Multi Purpose Center Advisory Council is made up of community volunteers and is appointed by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors.  The Council recommends in facility maintenance, operations, construction, extension of recreational facilities and programs for the wholesome and healthful recreation of all citizens of Forrest County.
 
The following members make up the Advisory Council:
 
James K. Dukes, Chairman
Clifford O. Rudder, Jr., Secretary/Treasurer
George C. Boone
Dr. Richard Conn
Charles McMahan
 
 
Our Mission PDF Print E-mail

The James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County Multi Purpose Center exists to provide a first-class venue for a variety of entertainment events. While striving for this goal, the Multi Purpose Center also contributes significantly to the area economy by attracting event participants and spectators from throughout the United States.