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Tannehill: I really think heaven for kids is the Neshoba County Fair
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:30 AM
Maggie Tannehill, Molly Catherine Tannehill, Rivers Mckenzie, Jack Tannehill, Wynne Grantham, Meg Grantham, Sherry McKenzie, Robyn Tannehill, Rhea Tannehill and Brad Grantham cruising the Fairgrounds in their 1973 convertible.
J. Rhea Tannehill
Union High School and University of Mississippi School of Law
I am the managing partner at Tannehill, Carmean & McKenzie, PLLC where we specialize in criminal defense and personal injury. I am also a Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard, serving as Brigade Judge Advocate General for the 155 BCT and the Municipal Court Judge for Sardis.
Tell us about your family:
I have been married to Oxford Alderman Robyn McKenzie of Florence, Ala. for 20 years. We met at Ole Miss and have three children: Maggie, 13; Jack Rhea III, 10; and Molly Catherine, 9.
What are your favorite past times?
I enjoy being in the National Guard and participating in my children's many activities.
Tell us about the cabin you are staying in.
Our cabin was built in 1976 by my grandmother, Courtney Tannehill. There was an electric transformer in between cabins 269 and 270. My grandmother asked the Fair board if the transformer could be moved. She had our cabin 269 A built on that spot for $2000. Other than an addition to the cabin in 2002, it is pretty much the same as when it was built.
How long have you been coming to the Fair?
All of my life (43 years) with the exception of only four times. I missed the weeks of the Fair while working in Washington, D.C. one summer. I missed while I was away at basic training and the year I was deployed. I also missed the Fair the year my daughter, Molly Catherine, was born.
What are some of your favorite memories of the Fair growing up as a child?
My grandmother was on the Fair board for many years and was in charge of the Fair entertainment. I fondly remember riding around with her every year meeting and greeting the entertainment and providing them with anything they needed. I also remember giving tours to first time Fair goers in our unique 1973 Volkswagon convertible with my grandmother and my father, Jack Tannehill.
What do you like best about the Fair now?
I love the Fair! My wife and my children love the Fair, too! It is the only place where you can go with your children and not worry that you haven't seen them all day. I really think Heaven for kids is the Neshoba County Fair. There's food, rides, and plenty of entertainment. Coming back for the Fair every year is the one time I get to see friends and family.
What events or happenings do you attend each year at the Fair and why?
The only event that I am certain to attend each year is the Name Game played every Saturday night with our "Fair cousins". Having grown up coming to the Fair, I have developed close ties to some of the people in nearby cabins.
The Stubbs, Gillilands and Lucas have become what I refer to as our "Fair cousins."
I grew up with them and now my kids are growing up with their kids. Seeing all of them and spending time with them is the highlight of my Fair week. I also enjoy watching the races.
What are some of your favorite "family traditions" at the Fair?
Riding around the Fairgrounds in our 1973 orange Volkswagon convertible giving tours to first time Fairgoers is a favorite of mine. Of course, enjoying the great food my wife prepares is also a favorite!
What aspects of the Fair do you hope will never change?
I really hope they don't add anymore cabins. It is already too crowded.
What significant events have happened in your life since you left Union?
I graduated from law school, married my Ole Miss sweetheart, and we've had three great kids.
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