Neshoba County Fair and Meridian Day

The Neshoba County Fair Wednesday celebrated, as always, Meridian Day.

People packed Founder's Square at midday to hear from officials from Meridian and Lauderdale County.

"It is extremely important to show that east Mississippi works together and Meridian and Lauderdale County and all of our elected officials like to come up to the fair to show their support of what goes on here after the fun and excitement that we have," said Michael Gibson, meridian Day chairman.

From kids and even pooches in puddles to people perched on porches, Wednesday was a rainy day at the Neshoba County Fair but even that didn't dampen spirits.

"Everybody has fun whether there's sunshine or rain," said Joe Jordan, whose family has owned a cabin near Founder's Square since at least the mid-1950s.

"We love where we are. What's interesting about the fair is everybody out here thinks they have the best place on the ground because it's all about who your neighbors are," Jordan said.

Each year around this time the otherwise quiet Neshoba County Fairgrounds come alive with activity of all kinds. Even with the wet weather there are indoor activities, such as one of the oldest traditions which involves agriculture.

"This is an agriculture fair. When the fair started many, many years ago, everybody brought their horses and mules and fruits and vegetables to showcase and show what they had been doing throughout the year," said Harvin Hudson of the MSU Extension Service. "So, this is just a carryover to show some of the things they have been doing over the year."

Ranging from the judging of things grown in the garden, to livestock, canned goods and even arts and crafts, everyone, including me, seems to agree that here there's something for everyone.


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