Queen City Fair gets ready to kick off Monday

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The 18th annual Queen City Fair is getting ready to kick off Monday. The Lauderdale County Ag Center is the home of the fair and that's where crews have been hard at work.

Crews have been working all weekend long making sure everything is prepped and ready to go for this year's Queen City Fair.

"Looks like the weather is going to corporate. We set it up and pray for good weather and hope people come out,” says fair coordinator John L. McRae.

The fair began in 2001 with the Royal family. When the family stopped having the fair, the McRae family decided they wanted to keep the fair going.

"There were a couple of years where Meridian didn't have a fair. My dad, Lenn McRae, started it back up. He saw the need and he wanted to bring a fair back to Meridian,” says McRae.

In just under 24 hours, the fair will be full of people ready to see what this year's Queen City Fair has to offer. With new rides and attractions, there is no shortage of fun for anybody.

"We try to keep some of the same things that people really enjoy. We listen to the community and see what they would like to see done differently and we try to accommodate that,” mentions McRae.

McRae says the fair is put on for the members of the community. He says his family does what it can to accommodate everyone.

"The Queen City Fair is a family fun tradition. We do kind of an old school feel fair, a county fair. We also have things that are new and exciting and something for everybody,” says McRae.

The fair will start Monday afternoon at four and last until Sunday night. Admission is $7.

Each night has a special offer: Monday is free admission. Tuesday college students have $5 admission. Wednesday is buy one hand stamp and get one free. Thursday is $15 hand stamps. Friday military members will have $5 admission. Saturday will be the Lil Miss Queen City Fair Pageant. Sunday will be $5 admission for everyone.