Jackson County Fair still going strong after 93 years

The 93rd annual Jackson County Fair is underway in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)
The 93rd annual Jackson County Fair is underway in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A coast tradition made its way back to Pascagoula this weekend, and is now set up for the week. The 93rd annual Jackson County Fair is underway. Hundreds were out Monday night enjoying the festivities.

The Jackson County Fair has evolved over the last 93 years. Each year is bigger and better with more and more things to do. While the midway changes, the mentality of the staff doesn't.

"We love each other and we have meetings together and it's like a family meeting," said Eddie Russell, who has been President of the County's Fair Association for about 15 years.

Russell said he can't walk through the attractions without seeing someone he knows. But, the family fun can't happen without hard work. "It's tiresome. The last few days really get long, but we have a great group of people," said Russell.

Included in that group is Kaye Bales. She's over the arts building where people bring crafts and edibles for judging. The mentality of the group is something that makes her proud to be a member of the association.

"We're a pretty tight-knit group; we're pretty much like family. We'll go around the table and ask if anybody needs anything," said Bales.

The Fair Association works hard at making the fair a great place for families to come. For many families, it's an annual fall tradition.

"Oh, I've been here 50 years, all my life, all my entire life. Enjoyed it, enjoyed it. Got my grand babies out here," said Pascagoula native Brenda Watson.

The fair will be at the Jackson County Fair Grounds through Sunday. There will be several specials throughout the week, such as family night Tuesday, and midnight madness Friday, which offers specially priced armbands for rides.

You can find more information about the Jackson County Fair online at http://www.co.jackson.ms.us/departments/fair.php

Here's a look at the schedule:

Civic Center and Arts Exhibits: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Oct. 20-25

Livestock Barn is open 9a.m. - 10 p.m., Oct 20-25


Rides Open at 4 p.m. Oct 19-23 (unless noted)

Rides open at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24

Rides open at 11 a.m. until on Oct 25

Rides open at 12:30 p.m. on Oct 26


  • Moss Point Jazz Band - Monday, October 20, 6 p.m. in the Fair Hall (just north of the Civic Center)
  • Family Night - Tuesday, October 21
    Ride prices reduced starting at 4 p.m.
    Kiddieland opens at 2 p.m.
  • Dance Groups perform - Tuesday, October 21
    Performances start at 5 p.m. in the Civic Center
  • Old Settlers Day LUNCH - Thursday, October 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (REGISTER between 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.)
    (Registration and tickets at west end of Arts Building)
    NOTE: there will not be an Old Settler's Day Performance this year
  • Upbeat Line Dancers - Senior Center Dance Group - Thursday, October 23, 5 p.m. in the Fair Hall (north of the Civic Center)
    Stepping Out Dance Studio - Thursday October 23, 6:30 p.m. in the Civic Center
  • Children's Day – Friday, October 24.
    Ride prices reduced from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Dog Show (Barn) – Friday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.
    For more info call 662-769-9960
  • Midnight Madness - Friday, October 24 from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. (Armbands or buy tickets)
  • Family Day in the Barn - Saturday, October 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Barn
    Educational hands-on activities for kids and families
    For more info call 662-769-9960
    Youth Livestock Show (Barn) on Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m.
    For more info call 662-769-9960
  • Jackson County Idol Hunt – Talent Show (Fair Hall) Saturday October 25 at 6 p.m.
  • Super Sunday - Armbands from 12:30 – 5 p.m. OR 5:30– 9:30 p.m.

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