Fair not fazed by bad weather from Hurricane Harvey

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Even though the bands of Hurricane Harvey are bringing rain to Pearl River County, the County Fair and Rodeo will continue.
Nevertheless, Fair Manager Dr. Eddie Smith said the storms will only have a negative effect on the carnival rides.
“Rain or shine, the fair will go on,” Smith said. “Of course, to keep everyone safe the rides will be shut down when heavy rain and lightning occurs, but besides that everything will be running on schedule.”
Because the fairgrounds are located on top of a hill, Smith said flooding is not a concern. Also, many exhibits are located inside the storm shelter, providing a fun experience for those who wish to stay dry. Other attractions such as the dairy show on Sept. 1 at 8:30 a.m. and the pet show on Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. are in the beef cattle barn. The beef cattle show at 8 a.m. on Sept. 2; and the goat, sheep and swine show also at 8 a.m. on Sept. 2 will be held inside the covered barns.
“What’s great about this fair is that most of the events are indoors or are covered from the elements so people don’t have to worry about getting wet,” Smith said.
The rodeo, scheduled for Sept. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. both days, will be held at the fairgrounds arena, rain or shine. The gates open at 4 p.m. both days.
Smith said he will provide frequent updates on weather conditions at the fairgrounds through the Pearl River County Fair and Rodeo Facebook page.

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