The Mississippi State Fair, which begins the first Wednesday in October every year, got underway in Jackson last week.
The annual event seemed destined to be mired in controversy, protest and histrionics when a white supremacist announced plans to set up a booth at the fair, but thankfully, public outrage forced him to back out.
Now, fairgoers can focus on the fun.
From schoolchildren taking field trips to the petting zoo to business suit wearing professionals dropping by for lunch, the State Fair offers a little bit of something for everyone. And it’s an important tradition for thousands of Mississippians who make the trip to Jackson to see family and friends — taking time to talk, laugh and enjoy being together (without the daily distractions of e-mail, meetings, TV and videogames.) The economic impact is important, too.
So, get out of the office and get to the State Fair. You won’t regret it.
The Mississippi State Fair at the Fairgrounds in Jackson runs through Sunday, October 17th. On weekdays, there is no admission charge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional information is online at www.mississippi.gov.