PHILADELPHIA, Mississippi — The 125th edition of the Neshoba County Fair that gets underway Friday at the fairgrounds near Philadelphia.
Mississippi's Giant House Party features a week of musical entertainment, harness and running horse races, a midway, political speaking and many other attractions. The fair ends Aug. 1.
Nine contestants will compete for the 2014 Miss Neshoba County title Monday night at the fairgrounds grandstand. The theme will be "Decades of Stars: Past, Present and Future."
As part of the Fair 125th anniversary, over 50 former Miss Neshoba County titleholders will take the stage.
Director Gail Breazeale is excited about the pageant, especially about the previous winners making an appearance.
"We are having the previous Miss Neshoba County winners back to honor the 125th celebration of the Fair," she said. "We will bring out the previous winners by decades and each will be accompanied a little girl hoping to become Miss Neshoba County someday."
The pageant will begin at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, Parmalee will kick off the week's entertainment on Tuesday. Continuing with the line-up will be Brett Eldredge on Wednesday and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Thursday. Easton Corbin will close on Friday.
All four acts will takes place at the grandstands and will begin at 8 p.m. each night.
Unless Senate business keeps him away, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran will be launching his general election campaign on Thursday, he said, after a heated GOP primary race that drew national attention. Cochran is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Former Congressman and Democratic nominee Travis Childers will speak before Cochran at 10:20 a.m.
In other contested races, challenger Don Kilgore and incumbent Circuit Court Judge Marcus Gordon will speak at 9:40 a.m. and 9:50 a.m., respectively.
Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives in the Third District Doug Magee and Independent nominee Roger Gerrard will open the speeches at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Harness and running races are held each day of the Fair beginning Sunday, July 27. Mitchell Bros. & Sons Amusements will be open on the midway each day as well as a free petting zoo at the cattle arena.
The Harper, Morgan and Smith PRCA Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Philadelphia Sertoma Club's Heart O'Dixie Triathlon will get underway on Saturday with the first competitors to cross the finish line at the grandstands.
Also planned throughout the day on Saturday is the Fair's Arts and Crafts Show on Founders Square featuring over 100 vendors.
Thacker Mountain, the Oxford-based radio program hosted by Jim Dees, will bring its blend of humor and music to the pavilion on Founders Square on Saturday starting at 8 p.m.
The show will feature the house band, The Yalobushwhackers, Delta blues pianist Eden Brent, blues guitarist Vashti Jackson and "Sweet Potato Queen" author, Jill Conner Browne.
Worship services conducted by the Rev. Scott Boater and God's House are planned for 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the pavilion on Founders Square.
Also planned on Sunday are an antique car show, a performance by the Vernon Brothers at the grandstands and a concert by First Baptist Church Choir at the pavilion at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a gospel music concert featuring The Way of the Cross Quartet and Standing Firm Quartet at the grandstands Sunday night beginning at 8 p.m.
Major General William J. Crisler Jr., will speak at the Veteran's Memorial Service on Tuesday of the Fair.
The annual Hometown Proud program is set for Thursday, Aug. 1 on Founders Square beginning at 11 a.m.
A fireworks show by Pyrotechnico will be held the final night of the Fair on Friday, Aug. 2 at midnight.
The high-flying theatrical circus, Cirque Motion, will perform Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 7 p.m.
Fair Manager Doug Johnson asked cabin owners to conserve electricity and water before and during the Fair.
"If you are not going to be here during the week, then turn the air conditioners off," he said. "Also, cabin owners need to try to conserve water as well."
Vehicles must have valid 2014 parking permit to enter the fairgrounds.
"It worked out really well last year," he said, "and actually, it worked better than we thought it would."
All vehicles without a valid parking permit will be towed.
Season tickets are $40, day tickets are $15 and children nine-years old and under will be admitted for free. On Sunday, day tickets will be discounted to $10.
Neshoba Fair, http://www.neshobacountyfair.org
Information from: Neshoba Democrat, http://www.neshobademocrat.com