"I thought it was time that some of our governors got to see the Neshoba County Fair," said Bryant.
They also got to hear first-hand the issues facing the state. Every year controversies, problems and success stores from around Mississippi make their way to the podium at Founders Square.
"I'm actually here doing extra work," said Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell of Alaska. "The oil spill Alaska had, the Exxon Valdez back in the 80s, and I'm just here to compare the differences and similarities."
Fortunately for Mississippians, Campbell says the recovery effort along the coast has been far more successful than the effort around Prince William Sound in the last two decades.
"Some people got compensated for the Exxon Valdez some 20 years later," said Gov. Haley Barbour.
Campbell said he doesn't think this will be the case along the Mississippi Coast. He points to a successful team effort between local, state and national agencies staged in Biloxi. He also tips his hat to BP.
"BP has been pretty good, and that is paying for the damages to help out those in the coast who have lost their jobs or having periods without jobs," said Campbell. "And I think that is all about the leadership that is going on in the state level."
The oil spill isn't the only local disaster these new fairgoers are studying. They say the state's post-Katrina response should be a model in fast and efficient response.
"Local folks here said we have to get this back. They put a plan together and they just did it," said Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau of Minnesota.