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The Union County Fair and Livestock Show, which bills itself as “the best little county fair in Mississippi, kicks off its 71th anniversary year Friday at the fairgrounds.
For many families, this is the favorite event of the year in New Albany.
It brings together about 16,000 people. Most are from the local area, but others come from other places and take advantage of our hospitality in local restaurants and hotels. And it brings together dozens of volunteers, who make the event possible.
This year there are lots of changes at the fair. First, the dates have bee moved a little earlier in July to accommodate scheduling of all the events. And second, the schedule has been rearranged to kick off with the rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights. The rodeo has traditionally been at the end of fair week.
The carnival will be up and running on Monday and all of the traditional fair events follow. The last day of the fair is Saturday, July 21.
Stanley Wise, director of the Union County Extension Service, describes the fair this way:
“The Union County Fair is a place to visit old friends and neighbors, participate in events, learn from the educational exhibits and demonstrations, see the handiwork of home and youth, enjoy a variety of foods including traditional carnival fare like cotton candy and caramel apples and experience the cultural flavor of north Mississippi.”
The Gazette’s 32-page Guide to the Union County Fair is in the paper today. Extra copies have been provided to the fair.
We take pride in our county fair and think it deserves our – and – your support.