2010 Holmes County Fair

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

County fairs are a long-standing American tradition especially in rural areas like the Panhandle.

But many have disappeared, as less people attend the events.

Holmes County Fairgrounds officials are hoping new attractions will boost this year's numbers.

Thursday's cloudy weather didn't discourage fairground staff members from hoping for the best.

"It's going to be a real good year this year, it's going to be good," says Fair Manager Clint Erickson.

He says this year's entertainment selection seems to be increasing their attendance.

"Our attendance this year is actually higher so far this year than it was last year."

The 2010 Holmes County Fair features traditional rides as well as some new ones.

"As you can see behind me, we have the crazy chopper, over there to the left, we have a ride called the 'Super Shot' which goes up 90 feet and does a sudden drop."

There's also an indoor exhibit and livestock, like a miniature horse and four year old steer.

Weighing more than 3600 pounds, 'Picatta' may have set a world record.

"It's all beef, you can take it to the vet, pull the blood and prove it ain't got no steroids in his whole body."

It's all part of an American pastime which provides a lot of sentimental value for the young and old.

"The fair means a lot to some people, we're away from any kinds of big attractions and things like that and being able to have this on your back doorstep, it means a lot and it means a lot to the kids of Holmes County."

Many county fairs have seen a decrease in attendance in the last few years, leaving some areas like Jackson County without one in 2010.

Erickson is hoping it won't happen to them.

"We just want to keep it open and keep it alive."

The fair is open until 10pm Thursday and 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

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