Sally Lewis Fracchia always brings friends from Memphis to her cabin
Monday, July 29, 2013 12:52 PM
Sally Lewis Fracchia
Wife, mother, and school volunteer
This November, I will be married 20 years to Trey Fracchia. He is in medical sales for St. Jude Medical. We have one daughter, Anna, who just turned 14 and is going into the eighth grade at Woodland Presbyterian School. We have two dogs: a Wheaton Terrier, Oscar, and a Yellow Lab, Ruby.
Shopping, traveling, and spending time with family.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN coming to the Fair:
Since second grade. We stayed the first year with the Howard Coles, then rented a cabin, stayed the next year with the Charles McClains, and then bought our cabin. I stayed one year with Amy Kirkland's family when my Mom was in a wreck and one year we rented the cabin. I came to the Fair that year and I hated seeing someone else in our cabin.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAIR CABIN?
We live in Cabin 98, close to the front gate. We bought it in 1974 for $3,500, furnished. My parents rebuilt the cabin in 2009 as a surprise.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES OF THE FAIR GROWING UP AS A CHILD:
Carnival rides, water balloon fights, walking every inch of the grounds, the beauty pageant. Once in high school, I loved having my friends stay with me and we would plan special outfits for each night. Once in college and after I moved to Memphis, I loved bringing friends home with me to experience the Fair. I have friends that come with me yearly from Memphis now and they love it as much as I do.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT THE FAIR:
The main reason I love the Fair now is spending time with my family and close friends. We may see each other during the year, but you really get to talk closely at the Fair. I also love the nightly shows, going to the beauty pageant, and all of the wonderful food. It is really just a homecoming.
My favorite thing about the Fair is sitting on the front porch having a cold drink, visiting with my family and friends.
WHAT EVENTS OR HAPPENINGS DO YOU ATTEND EACH YEAR AT THE FAIR AND WHY?
The beauty pageant and flea market is always a must, some of the political speaking, horse races and shows.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE FAMILY TRADITIONS AT THE FAIR?
We have a drawing before the pageant - everyone puts in $1 and whoever's girl wins, they win the pot. We basically eat the same menu each year, which we look forward to. We seem to tell a lot of the same stories year after year, which we all continue to laugh like we've never heard them.
I'm bringing a dice game with me this year to start as a new tradition. I taught it to my family at the beach and they liked it, so we thought it would be a good Fair game.
Before the cabin was rebuilt, we had a tin shower and the bathroom was not closed in at the top. If you were new to the Fair, we would climb up and pour ice cold water on the new Fair people as they showered as an initiation.
Another tradition we have had the past several years is feeding the Secretary of State of Mississippi during the middle of the week, Tate Reeves and now Lynn Fitch.
WHAT ASPECTS OF THE FAIR DO YOU HOPE WILL NEVER CHANGE?
I hope to always go home and see family and friends. I know its not possible but I wish I would always have my mom and aunt to do all of the great cooking and my dad to drive all of our guests around for tours.
WHAT SIGNIFICANT EVENTS HAVE HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE SINCE YOU LEFT PHILADELPHIA:
I worked for Union Planters Bank in Memphis for 13 years. During this time, we married, moved to Nashville, moved back to Memphis, and had our daughter. She came to the Fair when she was probably 9 days old. She just turned 14, so this is her 15th Fair.