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Harrison County Fair to be bigger, better, still free

The second annual Harrison County Fair at the Harrison County Fairgrounds will have more rides and a bigger rodeo Sept. 6-10. (Photo source: WLOX) The second annual Harrison County Fair at the Harrison County Fairgrounds will have more rides and a bigger rodeo Sept. 6-10. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It’s coming back. On Wednesday, members of the Harrison County Fair Association unveiled plans for this year’s Harrison County Fair Sept. 6-10.

In short, they said it will be bigger and better. This is only the second year for the Harrison County Fair. For Jourdan Hartshorn and other members of the fair association, it’s personal.

“I work four hours a day on this county fair volunteering. I don’t get paid,” Hartshorn said. “And you know what, I don’t care. Because I know at the end, I made all 50,000 people that walked through that door happy.”

Members want to keep them happy. Organizers said this year’s fair will be even bigger, but the most important concept will remain the same: It’s got to be free.

While there will be a price for rides, food, and other vendors, there will be plenty of events and activities to keep everyone happy without cost.

“This gives us that type of setting, that family setting, option to come and have free stuff to do,” Hartshorn said. “Games, stuff like that, without having to pay for the carnival.”

Association president Carrie Cole is on the same page.

“People’s budgets are tight, and by doing a free fair, everyone can come,” Cole said. “There is no one that can’t come and enjoy the fair.”

That includes the free music. This year features RayeLynn, from “The Voice.”

Cole Jones, of Hurley, will be the warm up act. For him, the fair is a chance to return a favor.

“I’ve been extremely blessed and fortunate, and we’ve gotten a great following, and the Lord keeps on taking care of me. So, all I want to do is do the best I can for the people that supported me whenever I was playing acoustic guitar in a hole in the wall bar until 3 o’clock in the morning,” said Jones.

The fair association is looking for volunteers. There will be an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. For more information, go to www.harrisoncountymsfair.com.

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