Red dirt, political speeches, and cabin dwelling means it’s Fair time again

First appeared in the July 25, 2013, of the Laurel Chronicle.

It’s that time of year again – The Fair!

No, not the one with the corn dog stands where folks like my brother serve you fried meat on a stick, nor the kind of carnival where the laffy taffy is served up to people like my mother who love its taste but hate its can’t-get-it-out-of-your-mouth chewiness.

I’m talking about THE Fair – the one where you’re more likely to see a politician’s face on a stick (being used to fan his or her political supporters) than fried meat. But hey, this fair has that too.

I’m talking about the Neshoba County Fair, of course, an event revered among the state’s political class. The yearly trek to this Mississippi political mecca is made by nearly everyone who considers themselves to be even remotely politically inclined.

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Rebekah Staples