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Neshoba County Fair kicks off day two

Celebrating 132 years of operation
The Neshoba County Fair kicked off day 2 of their eight-day event full of fun for the whole...
The Neshoba County Fair kicked off day 2 of their eight-day event full of fun for the whole family.(WTOK)
Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 5:46 PM CDT
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PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - The Neshoba County Fair has been the place where thousands of people celebrated “Mississippi’s Giant House Party” for more than a century.

The Neshoba County Fair kicked off day 2 of their eight-day event full of fun for the whole family. Newscenter 11 spoke with a fairgoer that said this is a special time for his family.

“It is emotional for me. It is a good time because it’s the Mississippi Giant House Party, but it’s a family event for us. We like to party. Everybody comes to have a good time for that. For this family, it’s mainly all about the family, said a member of the founding family Mike Skinner.

Organizers of the fair said this event has been around for 132 years and are glad to celebrate it once again after being canceled last year due to COVID.

“We only been shut down twice due to World War 2 and as a year because of COVID. People are anxious to get out at this time to come to the fair. They want to renew old acquaintances and make new ones. We had a good turnout. I witness over the years when we get a rain shower anywhere in the area, our crowds drop off. We had showers Thursday, yesterday, and it did not have any effect on the crowd. We had tremendous crowds Thursday night and last night,” said the fair manager Douglas Johnson.

I spoke with a family that is one of the founders of the fair out of 6 families.

“The Cannon name is one of those family names. There’s a street name after my great great great grandfather called the C.W. Cannon. It goes way back for me,” said Skinner.

“I’ve been here for 65 years. I was two weeks old when I came to my first fair. The only fair I missed was last year. We are very pleased with the turnout. The cabin and the Neshoba County Fair are not only important to us but our children and grandchildren,” said a member of the founding family Jeff Cannon.

Douglas Johnson has been work for the fair for 50 years and served 27 years as the fair manager. Johnson said this will be his last year.

“I am retiring, and my last day will probably be December 3st. This will be the last active year as the manager of the Neshoba County Fair Association. We have a young man that is going to take my place. His name is Kevin Cheetham. You probably know him or have seen him. He is going to do an outstanding job for us,” said Johnson.

The event had several farmer markets selling homegrown vegetables and produce in the livestock show arena.

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