PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Jackson County is gearing up for its "best week of the year" with the return of the county fair next week.
While the fair promises a fun time for adults and kids alike with its varied selection of rides and carnival games, one of the big features each year that draws crowds is the food.
Aside from the midway food vendors that sell caramel apples, cotton candy, and many other tasty treats, the 10 food booths under the pavilion in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds dish out many local favorites, like gumbo and fried catfish.
Whether in the spacious livestock barn or on the civic center stage, a variety of entertainment can also be found, ranging from music and dance groups to a talent show and a dog show.
The largest agricultural and entertainment event of the year, the Jackson County fair brings people from across the entire Gulf Coast together for eight days of fall festival fun.
Carnival rides and games will open for business at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.
A jam-packed schedule of events throughout the week ensure that there is something for everyone.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the fair will host its Family Night with reduced rides. Local dance groups will also take the stage from 5-7 p.m.
Citizens age 70 and above are invited to come out on Thursday, Oct. 22, for the annual Old Settler's Day Lunch, followed by the Upbeat Line Dancers at noon.
From 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, parents are encouraged to bring out the kids for children's day.
There will be a youth livestock show in the barn at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Bracelets will be able to be purchased on to ride all of the rides on Friday during Midnight Madness, which will run from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. They will also be sold on the last day of the fair, Sunday, Oct. 25, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. or 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
A full schedule events for the Jackson County Fair can be found by visiting www.co.jackson.ms.us/departments/fair.php and clicking '2015 Fairbook.'