BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi's giant house party might not have the fanfare of 2016. But, it's still a must visit event for families across the Magnolia State.
A year ago, Donald Trump, Jr. made a campaign appearance at the Neshoba County Fair. And media from around the nation covered his appearance. Less than four months later, his father became the 45th President of the United States.
This year is not a political year in Mississippi. So, the political stumping is not nearly as significant as it can be. Yet, this Wednesday and Thursday, people will gather under the pavilion at Founders Square and listen to a series of speeches from Mississippi's elected leaders.
On Wednesday, Jim Hood and Tate Reeves speak back-to-back. Hood talks at 10:40, Reeves speaks at 10:50. Each will have 10 minutes to share their visions for Mississippi going forward. As pundits begin to look ahead to the 2019 statewide elections, they're saying Hood and Reeves are considered front-runners in a race to replace Phil Bryant in the governor's mansion.
The next morning, Gov. Bryant gives his annual Neshoba County Fair address. Because he's the last political speaker at the fair, his speech might go more than the 10 minutes other politicians get. USM president Dr. Rodney Bennett also speaks on Thursday morning.
Politics get most of the fair's top headlines. But, it's the entertainment and the friendships that captivate so many annual attendees. Daily harness races add athletic suspense to the Neshoba County Fair. The nightly concerts at the grandstand provide wonderful entertainment. And in between, the food and fellowship offered at family cabins bring so many people together.
The Neshoba County Fair runs through July 28 just outside Philadelphia, Mississippi.