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09/13/03

Stone County Fair Serves Up Traditional Values

The Stone County Fair and Livestock Show is filled with so many things, you don't know where to begin.

Little Zachary Morse suggested a ride known as the "Zipper".

"The Zipper? It's them rockets that go fast and go round and round in circles. the one that starts on the bottom and ends up at the top. And it stops and then the one that's on the top goes to the bottom and then they get out," Morse said.

Now, if that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, you have a plethora of activities at your fingertips to pass the time away.

There's good food, good folks, and good fun all wrapped up in a quaint country package.

"It's kind of neat. Because I don't like huge fairs. In Minnesota our fair is so huge, that it's kind of nice to see a little town flavor," Nell Lou Strowder said.

We found a little town flavor at the dunking booth, talking trash in the form of a firefighter named Jason Parker.

Jason seemed to think he was semi-invincible.

"It's got to be a good hard throw. Can any girls knock you down? I've had several girls knock me down," Parker said.

But this fair is more than about winning a prize. It's the fair's core values that have drawn many of these folks in the past, and will keep drawing them in the future.

"The county fair brings people back to you might say the roots of living, family togetherness," Levi Strowder said.

"The people, the community. You know everybody and love everybody here," Sabrina Davenport said.

And that's what makes this small town fair so special.

88-year old Sherwood Beckham couldn't agree more.

"Hello there my friends in Pascagoula. Come on up here," Beckham said.

If you haven't made it there yet, Saturday is the last day of the Stone County Fair and Livestock Show.

It begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.

By Karla Redditte

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