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After more than 80 years, Harrison County Fair is back

Ross Grisham will perform at the Harrison County Fair on Friday night.
Ross Grisham will perform at the Harrison County Fair on Friday night. SUN HERALD

The first Harrison County fair in more than 80 years is underway through Sunday.

From the action-filled midway rides and carnival games to the sticky sweetness of cotton candy and caramel apples, the county fair promises to delight the senses and build memories that will last a lifetime. In addition to the rides, special events throughout the weekend include livestock shows, a petting zoo, pony rides, laser tag and exhibits such as quilting and pickling.

Justin Skinner, president of the Harrison County Fair Association, said organizing the event was a year-long labor of love.

“Nineteen thirty-seven was the last year we found on record of a county fair,” Skinner said. “It’s been in the works since November of last year, and it’s a dream I’ve had for the past two years.”

On Friday night, guests can enjoy the thrills of the TNT Tri-State Rodeo.

On Saturday, guests can see the Coast from high above the fairgrounds in hot air balloon rides from 2 p.m. to sunset. The rides are being presented by Coast Electric. Rides are $10 per person and all proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

Other attractions on Saturday include a classic car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a barbecue contest at 1:30 p.m., sheep herding at 6:45 p.m., and a sunset story time at 7 p.m. Also, a cornhole tournament, held from noon to 5 p.m., will offer a top prize of $1,000.

On Sunday, a Sept. 11 memorial will include a lunch at 1 p.m. for first-responders, a 9/11 tribute at 2 p.m., and a VA pinning ceremony at 3 p.m. Also on Sunday, the 5D Rodeo Exhibition will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the rodeo from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Little Mr. & Miss Harrison County pageant will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 0 to 11.

The top music draw is country music headliner Frank Foster and special guest Josh Thompson. Thompson will open the show at 9:15 p.m. and Foster will play at 10:30 a.m. Foster is a Louisiana native who is touring in support of his fifth album, “Boots On the Ground.” Fans can expect to hear his hits “Southern Man” and “Outlaw Angel.” Tickets are $25 general admission and $40 VIP, available online at harrisoncountymsfair.com.

There will be many great free acts throughout the weekend, also. On Friday night, Ross Grisham will play at 7 p.m., Ryan Broshear will play at 7:30 p.m. and Trent Ladner will play at 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s lineup also includes the Gary Young Band at 5 p.m. and Lainey Wilson at 7:15 p.m.. Sunday’s lineup starts at 2 p.m. with New District, followed by Southern Halo at 4 p.m., Jake Thibodeaux at 6 p.m. and the Jason Miller Band at 8 p.m.

Hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-midnight. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. The midway opens at 3 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is free, but organizers are asking for donations of $5 or canned goods for local food banks.

The fairgrounds are located at 15321 County Farm Rd., Gulfport.

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