HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Rides were being set up and 4-H projects put out on display Tuesday for the first time in a decade for The Hancock County Fair.
"We brought it back with a bang. It is very much a revival of the Hancock County Fair," said Fair Chairperson LeAyn Walton.
Children are the inspiration behind the comeback. The 4-H program has been slow since Katrina, but having the fair means children have a place to show off their work again.
"Basically, we have kids in school and after school that do different clubs such as livestock, robotics, shooting sports, photography; you name it we do it," said Hancock County 4-H and Consumer Science Agent Amye Zwerschke. "It just gives kids an opportunity to learn by doing."
One of the traditions at the fair is to get school children out of the classroom for a day of learning at the fair. So this Thursday, there will be educational exhibits set up and the rides will be running.
"Give us an opportunity to celebrate these kids," Walton said. "Give us an opportunity to celebrate what this county is all about."
The five day event will also feature arts and craft vendors, a pageant, PCA rodeo and free musical entertainment featuring Confederate Railroad and Frank Foster.
Hancock County Recreation Director Kevin Ladner said, "I think it will be a big economic boost. We are hearing from people, not from here, coming. We are renting campsites out on the grounds to stay."
If all goes as planned the revival will be much like the fair was 13 years ago.
Walton said, "It really was something the whole community shut down for and celebrated. It was very big and boosting the economy for our local economy and something everyone looked forward to."
The fair is scheduled from Wednesday through Sunday and will be held at the Hancock County Arena on Kiln-DeLisle Road. For more information, you can check out the fair's Facebook page by clicking this link.