The Jackson County Fair closes for the last time this year and ends with a great crowd
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (WLOX) — The Jackson County Fair closed Sunday for the last time in 2022, but not before near-record crowds poured through the gates of the fairgrounds.
And, for many, it has become a generational experience not to be missed.
Of course, the fair has many rides – 40 of them.
And go back.
“I did this ride earlier – the hang glider ride,” said 9-year-old Jackson Baker. “It’s probably my favorite, even though I get dizzy.”
One of the rides appears to be floating. In fact, it is the only one of its kind in the country.
“It’s called the balloon race. It’s made in Italy,” said William Purdy, owner of Amusement Attractions. “Part of it is, but it’s the only transportable ride in the United States.”
It holds 32 adults and floats approximately 32 feet in the air. Among a sea of interesting rides, this one holds a special place in Purdy’s.
“It’s something that happened and I came across it by accident and it was something that I know someone else didn’t have and I thought it would be a good addition to the business. .. It’s a smooth ride. It’s not really scary. And it’s a good family fun ride.
Speaking of families, this show is made for them, for generations. Fun sets in early with basic needs met.
“The fun times I have with my mother and the food and drink,” Breton Roush said.
Jackson’s father, Landon, said they were all coming as a family.
“They like rides, so it’s a good thing to do. … It’s nice to be part of the community, to see people you grew up with coming for a ride and having something to eat.
It is a tradition that Jonathan and Jeanne Catchot intend to perpetuate.
“I have so many memories here when I was a kid with my own parents,” Jeanne said. “And every year I bring my own kids, hoping they have those memories with their kids.”
What makes it different from other festivals?
“It’s my home,” Jonathan said. “It’s our home.”
Purdy said the crowds this year were among the best.
Although attendance is unlikely to be higher than last year, the crowd on the final day will likely be a record high for a Sunday.
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