Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour addresses Neshoba County fair crowd

Political junkies at the Neshoba County Fair received few clear signals this week about who’s running for which Mississippi office in 2011.

They did, however, get some not-so-subtle hints from brochures scattered on the wooden benches where hundreds of people gathered to listen to stump speeches Wednesday and Thursday — and from signs stapled to wooden power poles on the fairgrounds’ dusty Founders Square.

White posters with red letters touted state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport for lieutenant governor. Brochures promoted Republican Dave Dennis for governor. Although Dennis, a Pass Christian businessman, said as he shook hands that he’s not ready to make a formal announcement for 2011.