Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood were among the political speakers at the Neshoba County Fair.
Others who delivered speeches at Founder's Square were: State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall.
Reeves focused on education in his remarks, saying he will continue to focus on reforming the state’s education system "to improve student achievement and grow a stronger workforce."
Reeves said he's disappointed in the Board of Education’s recent decision to remove the dropout rate as an accountability factor in grading school districts, as the Mississippi Legislature implemented a new ratings plan.
Speaking at the east Mississippi fair is a decades-old tradition for politicians, a link to how politics was conducted before the rise of radio, television and the Internet.
Much of the state's political class gathers to gossip at the week-long event.
State Supreme Court candidates and Gov. Phil Bryant are among those scheduled to speak Thursday.