Hancock Co. Fair features big names, local favorites
By Cassandra Favre
Sep 20, 2013, 23:50
Self-trained teenage musician Ross Grisham is rocking his way through the South and has now come full-circle to entertain at the upcoming Hancock County Fair, joining local favorites and national acts such as Confederate Railroad.
Grisham is a senior at Hancock High School this year.
From local festivals such as Crab Fest, Bay Harbor Fest and Kiln's Swamp Boogie Blues to performances at Red Zone and Kiln Bills, Grisham has left his mark on Hancock and Harrison County and parts of Louisiana.
"On the weekends, I will also travel to gigs in Louisiana," Grisham said. "I've played in Pierre Part, Lafayette and Houma.
"I've played all over."
"I taught myself the guitar at age 13 or 14," Grisham said. "Two years ago I played at the Red Zone in Diamondhead and things just took off from there."
"I also taught myself how to play the piano, just took what I learned from guitar playing and went from there."
This year Grisham released a Cd entitled "Cold Hard Truth".
"Cds can be purchased at my gigs and on ITunes," Grisham said. "The title track is my own original song.
"I do mostly cover songs."
Grisham said he has plans to attend Pearl River college following graduation.
Band members include: Josh Barfield on drums, Rick "The Thrill" McGill on bass guitar and Wade Pavolini on lead guitar.
Grisham will be performing at the much anticipated Hancock County Fair on Fri. Sept., 27 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The fair begins on Sept. 24 and runs through the 28th at the Hancock County fairgrounds, 4184 Kiln DeLisle Road.
To learn more and find out where Grisham will be playing next, check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RossGrishamBand.
The Hancock County Fair will be held Sept. 24-28 at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, 4184 Kiln Delisle Rd., Kiln.
Fair-goers will get the opportunity to taste food dishes from local vendors, shop at the arts and crafts booths and participate in 4H activities.
Attend the beauty pageant on Thursday night to find out who will be crowned queen of Hancock County. Enjoy the PCA Rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate.
Friday's entertainment line-up includes the Ross Grisham band, Rochelle Harper and the Moss Crick band and Confederate Railroad. On Saturday enjoy the musical stylings of Pat Murphy and the Jumpin' Jukes, Autumn Rising and Frank Foster.
A big attraction for the fair is the Touchstone Energy Cooperative's hot air balloon arranged by Coast Electric Power Association.
You can participate in a trail ride and parade on Saturday. Departure time is 9 a.m. Parade will arrive at the fair at noon. Departs from 20425 Fenton Dedeaux Rd. Price per rider is $15 after Sept. 25.
Camper spaces will be available at the fairgrounds for rent. For more information check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/hancockfair.
One of the most unique features of this year’s fair is the Talent Show, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The Talent Show is open to all ages. There will be four age divisions and contestants will compete only with those in the same division. Divisions will be Pee Wee (Ages 7 & Under), Junior (Ages 8-14), Senior (Ages 15-18). and Adult (Ages 19 & Up). Any group act will be entered in the age division of the oldest member of the group.
The Talent Show is open to amateurs only. Individuals or groups who are paid for performing will be considered professionals and shall be disqualified.
The Talent Show competition is open to residents of Hancock County only.
The Hancock County Fair is a family-oriented event, and acts should be appropriate for an audience of any age (including body language).
Applications are available at the Hancock County Extension Service Office (856 B Hwy 90, Bay St. Louis or by calling 228-467-5456 to have an application mailed to you. A $10 entry fee, lyrics or dialog of act (no exceptions), and a photo of the performer/group must be included with the application.
Each contestant must report to the stage 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.
Each contestant will be allowed no more than five minutes on stage. Ten percent of the contestant's points will be deducted for each minute or part of a minute the contestant runs over five minutes in length.
Acts using music will be allowed one song or tune.
A compact disc player, keyboard. and microphones will be provided. The fair provides no other equipment. Vocal entrants may not use an accompaniment with a dominant vocal lead (backup vocals allowed).
A panel of three judges, selected by the Talent Show Coordinator, will judge contestants. Prizes will be awarded for the top three acts in each division.
Talent will be judged on the following criteria:
Poise (confidence, cover mistakes well, etc.) 15 points.
Stage Presence (audience appeal, smile, neatness. costuming) 25 points.
Talent (music, ability, coordination, etc.) 60 points.