Neshoba County Fair Begins July 26

Neshoba County, Miss.
The 124th Annual Neshoba County Fair, known as Mississippi's Giant House Party, is July 26-Aug. 2. It's a week of fun, food, music and fellowship.

Fair vice-president, Doug Johnson, says the fair has grown tremendously since its start in 1889. But the reason people love to come remains the same.

"It's just a time to get together, to meet new friends or see old friends, see family members," said Johnson. "It just gets to be a tradition; that's just something that you want to do."

The fair has the state's only sanctioned horse races, arts and crafts, cattle shows, political speakers, petting zoos and more. Several country artists will also perform, such as Dustin Lynch, Greg Bates, Joe Nichols and Craig Morgan.

And when the fair-goers ask you to come on in and stay awhile, they're not kidding. Newscenter 11 was there for less than two minutes before we were invited in for lunch.

Many of the cabin owners are on site for days in advance. Fair management estimates over 75,000 visitors come in over the 8-day period. So a lot of effort and money goes into preparing for each fair.

"It takes a lot of work, and it's terribly expensive," said Rachel Evans of Philadelphia. "Like I was telling someone just then, there are two things that i never want to know in life. That's what we spend sending our son Scott to Ole Miss and what I spend at the fair every year."

But when they're not hard at work, the fair-goers use this calm before the storm as a time to relax.

"You might say this is just a little selfish time we set aside for ourselves," said Evans. "And we look forward to it every year."

Johnson encourages visitors to bring a lawn chair and stay awhile.
A day pass to the fair is $15 dollars. A season ticket is $40 and may be purchased at the gate. The ticket includes the musical entertainment.