Harrison County

Harrison County hosts first county fair in several decades

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/FILETayrell Dixon and Montana Ladner are neck and neck during a broom horse race at second annual Horsing Around at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be the venue for the Harrison County Fair in September.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD/FILETayrell Dixon and Montana Ladner are neck and neck during a broom horse race at second annual Horsing Around at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds will be the venue for the Harrison County Fair in September. SUN HERALD

BILOXI -- There hasn't been a county fair in Harrison County in several decades, but come this September, that's going to change.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy at the five-day event at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.

Event organizer Justin Skinner explained plans for the fair at the county Board of Supervisors' Monday meeting in Biloxi.

The only artifact Skinner could find from county fairs of the past was a postcard from 1910. Other than that, there isn't much on record.

"We have not been able to find anything," he said. There was a small fair at the Harrison County Fairgrounds when the facility opened in the 1990s, but Skinner said there's never been a county fair -- with carnival rides, 4-H exhibits, arts and crafts and entertainment -- at the venue.

Skinner said the fair should kick off Sept. 7 with a Christian music-themed day. Gospel and Christian bands -- both locally and nationally known -- will take the stage for festivalgoers looking to enjoy song and worship.

Sept. 8 will be family night, and Sept. 9-10 the rodeo is coming to town. Sept. 11 will be a tribute to military, first responders and police, Skinner said.

Live entertainment will take the stage throughout the weekend. Skinner said he hopes to book country music artists Tracy Lawrence and Easton Corbin.

The supervisors approved a motion to guarantee those dates and waived the initial rental fee. There will be free general admission.

"It's spreading out there pretty fast," he said. The event's Facebook page already has more than 1,200 likes.

If anyone is interested in being a vendor or sponsor for the fair, contact Skinner at 313-5828

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