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Neshoba County Fair

Updated on October 1, 2014

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It is quite possible that the epitome of Southern Style manifests itself every Hot end of July as the Neshoba County Fair. Deep in the heart of the heat of the summer and the Mississippi Delta, Neshoba county hosts a one of a kind extravaganza, loosely qualifying itself as a county fair, but more accurately, the political (and quite eclectic?) event of the year and the social currency of real life living.... the Neshoba County Fair. If you are anybody worth your salt in these parts, you have access to one of the highly prized real estate (during the last week of July anyway) of one of the little bungalow cabins that line the fairway, fully equipped with air conditioning and all the regalia involved with indoor partying at a supposedly outdoor event. If you know anything about Mississippi in the summer, you know the heat is absolutely unbearable, and what used to be a sippin' iced tea on the porch affair is now a kitchen table brew ha ha, albeit in the midst of the most anticipated annual gathering, in at least the northern section of the most southern-ish southern state. Let's take a look at what makes the Neshoba County Fair such a big deal.

Cottage Row
Cottage Row

The Cabins

It may look like there aren't many folks here, but trust me, they are hidden away in their little "beat the heat" cabins seen here. The real fun happens at night, when it's not so hot. Only the brave souls dare venture out in the heat of the day, like this little one, in his quest for fun beyond the bridge games and hotty totties that keep the adults occupied. There is plenty to do, but you won't find it here, where the locals and know-betters reserve their energy for the more exciting things to come!

Is it because they're "country"? - or "Sweet Southern Belles"?

Oh yes they did! - What? You think Southerners don't write about it?

Have you ever heard of Faulkner or Grisham? We take our Southern writers seriously down here! Why not write about the most incredible example of the southern experience?

Mississippi's Giant Houseparty: The History of the Neshoba County Fair
Mississippi's Giant Houseparty: The History of the Neshoba County Fair

The whole story here. Everything you ever wanted to know ... and probably stuff you might not want to!

 

Y'all Politics - Neshoba County Fair - Politically Speaking

Neshoba County Political
Neshoba County Political

If you're runnin' for anything, you better be lined up to speak at the Neshoba County Fair. I don't care if it's chief bottle washer, if you think you have a chance in hades, you're speakin' at this event. The Neshoba County fair cut its teeth on public speaking, and if you think you're worth votin' for, you're on the roster. Even if Neshoba county isn't in your voting district (i.e. Thad Cochran, Trent Lott) you're bound to have a spot to speak at the Neshoba County Fair.

Southern Cookin'- it's all it's fried up to be!

Southern Cookin'- it's all it's fried up to be!
Southern Cookin'- it's all it's fried up to be!

Harness Racing - The Main Event at Neshoba County Fair

Harness Racing at the Neshoba County Fair
Harness Racing at the Neshoba County Fair

It's a little different, no doubt, but the harness racing at Neshoba County Fair has become the main event for many years running. Maybe it's the Mississippi version of the Kentucky Derby, Nighttime style... I don't know, but if you're at the fair, you're part of the race. End of story!

Everything Neshoba County Fair

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Flea Market /Crafts ShowHeld Saturday in Founders' Square the Crafts Show at the Fair attracts exhibitors from across the Southeast. The Square is packed with booths offering pottery, paintings, metalwork and a wide variety of unique items for sale.Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour - doin' some grass roots politicin' at the fairMiss Neshoba County PageantThe Miss Neshoba County Pageant is a tradition at the Neshoba County Fair. The pageant is held Monday night at 8:00 after the official opening of the Fair.Row of cabins at the fairgroundsEntrance sign: Est 1889, with United States and Mississippi Flags. Historical Marker states the fair "fosters political, agricultural, educational and social exchanges of knowledge and ideas"The Vernon Brothers Bluegrass band, a local favorite, jammin' at the 2012 Neshoba County Fair. Find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vernonbrothers
Flea Market /Crafts ShowHeld Saturday in Founders' Square the Crafts Show at the Fair attracts exhibitors from across the Southeast. The Square is packed with booths offering pottery, paintings, metalwork and a wide variety of unique items for sale.
Flea Market /Crafts Show Held Saturday in Founders' Square the Crafts Show at the Fair attracts exhibitors from across the Southeast. The Square is packed with booths offering pottery, paintings, metalwork and a wide variety of unique items for sale.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour - doin' some grass roots politicin' at the fair
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour - doin' some grass roots politicin' at the fair
Miss Neshoba County PageantThe Miss Neshoba County Pageant is a tradition at the Neshoba County Fair. The pageant is held Monday night at 8:00 after the official opening of the Fair.
Miss Neshoba County Pageant The Miss Neshoba County Pageant is a tradition at the Neshoba County Fair. The pageant is held Monday night at 8:00 after the official opening of the Fair.
Row of cabins at the fairgrounds
Row of cabins at the fairgrounds
Entrance sign: Est 1889, with United States and Mississippi Flags. Historical Marker states the fair "fosters political, agricultural, educational and social exchanges of knowledge and ideas"
Entrance sign: Est 1889, with United States and Mississippi Flags. Historical Marker states the fair "fosters political, agricultural, educational and social exchanges of knowledge and ideas"
The Vernon Brothers Bluegrass band, a local favorite, jammin' at the 2012 Neshoba County Fair. Find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vernonbrothers
The Vernon Brothers Bluegrass band, a local favorite, jammin' at the 2012 Neshoba County Fair. Find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vernonbrothers

Might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the layout before you go!

Might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the layout before you go!
Might be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the layout before you go!

Neshoba County Fair 1976 - Classic Car Expo

16mm film shot in 1976 of a classic car expo happening... fun stuff!

Tell us what you think of this unique southern custom called the "Neshoba County Fair"!

Have you been? Do you wanna go? - Or do you just wanna hear more about it?

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I would love to visit there.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      @MamaRuth: I did notice all the political banners in the photo's.

      Them there politicians don't ever seem to be late to the party.

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your comments on the fair and also the photographs. I have been to the Neshoba Fair although it was several years ago. I was mainly interested in the political speaking that year. It's hard to imagine how unique the Neshoba County Fair is without actuallly experiencing it, but you did a great job of sharing its story on this lens.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thank you for bringing us a bit of a southern county fair. blessed

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