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September 20, 2009

The Queen City Fair is on the way!

There is nothing like the fair.

The pretty lights of the midway, the calls of "Step on the scale! I'll guess your weight or you'll win a prize!"

There's that giant stuffed teddy bear you don't quite know what to do with, the sweet smell of wonderfully sinful fair food, and the exhilaration of watching it all from your seat at the top of the ferris wheel. When all of these little experiences come together, they create a feeling that you can't get anywhere but at the fair.

In Meridian, there's an added bonus because the fair begins in late September each year. When it gets here, you know autumn is not far behind, and the changing seasons add a certain electricity to the air.

This year's Queen City Fair, to be held from Sep. 28 to Oct. 4 at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center on Hwy. 19, is no different. It will feature all the attractions Meridianites have to come to expect from the fair, and a few new ones to boot.

One returning attraction that has become more popular each year, said fair organizer Len McRae, is the Little Miss Queen City Fair Pageant. This is the seventh year for the pageant, and McRae said the number of participants has increased greatly each year.

Part of what makes the pageant popular, he said, is that there is not too much emphasis put on winning, and it is especially good for girls who are thinking about getting into the pageant circuit but want to stick their toes in the water first.

"It's a good little practice run for them," McRae said. "It's designed to be more fun than competitive. We try to take some of the competitive edge off of it."

The pageant is held Oct. 2 and has three different age groups — 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10. All girls within those age groups are eligible to enter the pageant. Entry forms, which must be received by Oct. 1, are available on the Web at www.queencityfair.net.

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