By Terri Ferguson Smith / email@example.com
The Meridian Star
Meridian will take center stage at the Neshoba County Fair on Wednesday.
Meridian Day at the Fair will feature booths from local businesses and health care providers, as well as speeches from area officials, according to Michele Thames, Chamber of Commerce manager.
"Meridian Day is an opportunity for Meridian to showcase what we have going on over here as well as to say thank you to our Neshoba County neighbors for contributing to our economy," Thames said. "They utilize our retail stores, our restaurants, our medical care and many other things we offer in Meridian."
Anderson Hospital, Rush Hospital, Lauderdale County Tourism, MCC and MSU Meridian are among those who will have booths set up, Thames said.
There will be a special treat from Meridian's military community, she said.
"For many many years, NAS Meridian has distributed Navy bean soup," Thames said. "We're really glad to have them participate with us as well."
Guest speakers include C.D. Smith, chairman of East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, Mayor Percy Bland, Dr. George Thomas, Ward 1 Councilman and council president; and a representative of the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors.
Jackie Jack White of the The Sucarnochee Revue will perform.
Meridian Day at the Fair will begin around 11 a.m. and will last until approximately 12:30, Thames said.
The Chamber will also give out door prizes.
"It's a short period of time that we have, but it's really a good day for Meridianites to travel over to the fair. They'll see lots of familiar faces," Thames said. "It's just a fun day for us and we really appreciate the fair for giving us a chance to participate."
Many families who own cabins on the fairgrounds plan vacations around the the Neshoba County Fair, also known as Mississippi's "giant house party." The week long event features music, livestock shows, food, carnival rides, numerous arts and crafts vendors, horse racing, and political speeches, and porch-sitting. The fair began Friday and will continue through Friday, Aug. 2.
Tickets are available at Gate Number 1 and the Main Gate (Gate Number 2). Day tickets are $15 and season tickets are $40. Children 9 and under receive free admission.
For a schedule of events, go online to www.neshobacountyfair.org.