Hancock County Fair returns for 2013
By Cassandra Favre
Sep 27, 2013, 23:20
The ferris wheel is just one of many carnival attractions at this week's Hancock County Fair. The fair action continues today with rodeo action, carnival rides, an eclectic assortment of fair food and local favorites and performances by Pat Murphy & the Jumpiní Jukes and Frank Foster.
Hancock County's first fair in more than 10 years began this Tuesday and will continue through today.
"This is such a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase what makes Hancock County unique," fair president LeAyn Walton said. "We want to bring the magic of the old county fair and show our residents and visitors what a great place this is."
There is plenty to eat at the fair, including treats from Dempsey's Seafood, Williams Pit BBQ, JC Tamales, BBQ World and Coastal Que, Flip Flop Smokers, Cajun Gourmet, Fat Boy's, Crystal's Snacks, Squall Coffee and Kona Ice.
For the shoppers, there are many vendors to choose from including Avon sales representative Breezy Bice.
"Thursday night we had a good bit of people," Bice said. "More than I expected."
Next pop on over to Deena Branum's Livi's Loves booth to view her sandals and handbags.
The day-time action was initially a little slow, Branum said. "But I'm expecting it to pick up on Friday and Saturday night when the musical acts start performing."
Be sure to check out the exhibits. Monical Movel is in charge of the youth exhibits and Lynn Seals, the adults.
"We have categories ranging from gardening, animal science and culinary and creative arts," Movel said. "There wasn't a huge turnout this year for exhibits but this is the first year.
"We hope to eventually have more entries and our own exhibit building."
Don't forget the carnival rides.
Today the rides begin at one p.m. and close at 10 p.m.
From one to five p.m. there are half-price tickets and from 6-10 p.m. there is a pay one price armband for $20.
The Touchstone Energy hot air balloon will feature tethered rides; $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.
Look for the balloon from 8-11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to dark.
Admission to the exhibits and entertainment is free and there is a charge for the PCA Rodeo; $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event and children 10 and under are free.
Tonight's rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m.
The entertainment line-up for tonight:
Pat Murphy and the Jumpin' Jukes from four to six p.m.
Autumn Rise N Band from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Frank Foster from 9-11 p.m.