Giant House Party Begins

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There has been very little change to Founder's Square at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds over the years. There's really no room for new additions.

The only way to add something is to tear something else down and that's exactly what happened here.

Laura McDonald and her family tore their old cabin down and built a new, three-story one, complete with new appliances, central air, and a modern bathroom.

"Our old cabin was wonderful; we loved it. Everybody loved it and it was bittersweet to tear it down," said McDonald.

Seven other cabin owners also built newer, more modern, and bigger cabins.

"All except two were three-story cabins," said fair manager Doug Johnson. "And a couple on the square were rebuilt this year."

Those newer, bigger cabins are a bit of a salute to modern conveniences during this week, normally reserved for tradition and custom. But even with newer, more modern cabins, fairgoers say if you come here, prepare to take yourself back a bit in time, to a much simpler time.

"I think that's the fun part, just remembering all the old times," said McDonald.

And there will be a lot of that at this event, remembering fairs of old, all the while looking forward to fairs to come.

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