PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County's "Best week of the Year" returns with the County Fair on Oct. 17 - 24 in Pascagoula. The Fair is eight straight days of spinning rides, stockyard exhibits, and seafood gumbo.
"It really is the best week of the year," Board of Supervisors President Mike Mangum explained. "Our Fair brings people from across the entire Coast together for one week of entertainment, food, and October traditions."
The County Fair will be held at its traditional location in Pascagoula at the intersection of Shortcut and Hospital Roads. It is once again the largest free admission fair along the entire Gulf Coast.
One of the key ingredients to the success of recent fairs are the new food booths and covered pavilion. The concession area houses 10 individual food booths and room for hundreds to dine under a single covered facility.
"Since its construction the pavilion has truly become the center of the Fair," Alan Smith, Fair Board President said. "The advantages of the new design were obvious the first time it rained. Now rain or shine, fairgoers know the food booths are open with a comfortable place to enjoy their food."
Fairgoers can find the food booth pavilion at the northwest corner of the fairgrounds. The food booths will be hosted this year by: Caswell Springs United Methodist Church, Faith in the Word Ministries, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Liberty Assembly of God Church, Parkway Baptist Church, Safe Harbor United Methodist Church, St. Peter's Catholic Church, Solomon Temple Zion Church, Pascagoula Police Benefit Fund, and the Pascagoula Impact Show Choir.
The transformation process of the fairgrounds is already in progress. The County's Maintenance Department is converting the outdoor arena into a livestock barn with truckloads of dirt and dozens of animal stalls. The barn area is home to livestock displays and 4-H competitions.
"The rides will start arriving this week and transforming the skyline around the fairgrounds," Eddie Russell, Fair Association said. "You know fall has truly arrived when the Ferris wheel starts going up."
Fairgoers are also making preparations for arts, crafts, and culinary entries. Residents can choose from more than 500 competition categories ranging from canned fruit to camera photography.
The Fair Book explains all rules and is available at the Fairground's office, local libraries, and online at www.co.jackson.ms.us/departments/fair.php.
Other highlights for the 2010 fair include- Family Night on Tuesday, Oct. 19; Old Settlers Day in the National Guard Armory on Thursday, Oct. 21; Midnight Madness on Friday, Oct. 22, and the Dog Show on Friday, Oct. 22.
Free parking will be available in the north parking lot along Shortcut Rd. and along Vega Street south of the Fairground.
2010 Fair Deadlines
- All commercial booths must be set up by 6 p.m. on Sun. Oct. 17.
- Livestock must be registered by 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 for competition.
- All arts and crafts need to be entered by 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 for competition.
- All Barn exhibits must be picked up by 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24
- All arts and crafts must be picked up by 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct 25