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September 23, 2013

Neshoba Fair seeking design for 125th flag

PHILADELPHIA —

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — The board of the Neshoba County Fair is gearing up for next year with a 125th anniversary flag contest.

Andy King, a member of the celebration committee, tells the Neshoba Democrat (http://bit.ly/18GKobl ) that the Fair Association is asking for 57 by 32 inch flag entries that are colorful, festive and feature the Neshoba County Fair logo. The 125th Neshoba County Fair can also be incorporated.

The current flag, designed by Pam Posey Sharp, has a circle with a fair cabin with three colors, red, blue and green.

"The colors were neat. The red dirt, blue sky and green grass," said Philadelphia artist Jane Kynerd, who working on her own entry.

Kynerd is considering keeping parts of the current flag that will be retired.

"I was recently watching the Antiques Road Show on old hood ornaments and thought the (flag) design need to be simple," she said. "I might hang on to some parts of it, she said, or maybe I'll just "jazz it up."

King said contestants can be of all ages.

Designs are due by Feb. 1, 2014, and will be judged by the Fair Association.

In addition to the contest, King and others are looking at a number of other events to commemorate the anniversary.

The Fair Association has considered bringing back old Fair events and starting new contests.

"We have considered a quilting and a hand-cranked ice cream contest," King said. "We're even thinking of inviting all the past Miss Neshoba County Fair pageant winners back."

King also asked that cabin and camper owners put up "festive" decorations in honor of the event during the 2014 Fair.

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