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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

152nd Mississippi State Fair Set To Begin

Fair Gates Open Wednesday



The gates to the 152nd Mississippi State Fair open Wednesday. organizers are taking care of final details.


October 4, 2011


JACKSON, Miss. -- Organizers are busy taking care of final details to make sure that the 152nd Mississippi State Fair is a safe one before the gates open Wednesday.
Many vendors arrived at the fairgrounds Tuesday, setting up stands and making sure food and rides all pass inspection.
Stuntwoman Tina Winn said she's setting up for the 28 daredevil shows she is set to do for Circus Maximus before the fair ends.
"They have the Wheel of Death and they have tight wire walkers, a human cannonball," Winn said. "I'm galaxy girl, and I climb 127 feet in the air."
On the food side, vendors said they aren't taking any risks as Health Department workers started handing out stickers for vendors who meet the standards.
"(The department worker) checks and makes sure everything's clean. Even the valves and things, they have to be cleaned. (There should be) no bacteria or anything in them," said Pam McIntyre, of World's Finest Food.
"We just got here (Monday), so we're just trying to get it all together. We were at the MidSouth Fair just before here," said Mike McGrath, of The Best Around Concessions.
McGrath said he still needs his Philly cheese steak and nacho stand inspected.
"(I) love it here. This has always been a great fair. My father's been doing it for 30 years, and my brother and I do it now," McGrath said.
Organizers said they expect up to 650,000 visitors to attend this year.
"It brings everybody together, a lot of diversity, a lot of different interests. You'll see people of all ages here," said State Fair Commissioner Lester Spell.
The fair will run until Oct. 16.
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