Neshoba County Chair Races

By: Wayne Burns Email
By: Wayne Burns Email

One of the most unusual traditions of the Neshoba County Fair is the chair races.

People compete in this race to get front row seats to the concerts featured each night of the fair. When given the signal, they carry their lawn chairs and make a mad dash across the racetrack to get the prime spots.

"When we were fifteen or sixteen we used to get our parents chairs, so we've all done it," said Nathan Cumberland of Newton County. "It's pretty tough. You've just got to put your head down and pull your way to the front. It gets pretty rough at the front."

Men, women and children participate. You would think there would be some rules of etiquette about this chair race, but that's not what happens.

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