Sen. Thad Cochran will appear at the Neshoba County Fair on Thursday unless the U.S. Senate is still in session, Jordan Russell, his campaign communications director, said on Monday.

Cochran, fresh off a heated primary campaign, is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 31 under the pavilion on Founders Square.

"Unless Senate business keeps him away or something else changes, he will be there," said Russell. "We are looking forward to the Fair."

Cochran's challenger, U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, the Democratic nominee for U. S. Senate, will speak before Cochran at 10:20 a.m. Childers is a former First District Congressman.

In another heavily contested local race, Choctaw Tribal Attorney General Don Kilgore will try to unseat longtime incumbent Judge Marcus Gordon in the race for Eighth District Circuit Court Judge, Place 1.

Kilgore, who is in his 10th year as Tribal Attorney General, qualified in May to run against Gordon.

Kilgore is scheduled to speak at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

Gordon, who has held his position for the past 35 years, will address the crowd at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday.

He is a former county and district attorney.

Political speaking, as usual, will be on Wednesday and Thursday mornings during the Fair, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Dr. Rudy Posey, a member of the Fair Association's Board of Directors, said he is "really excited" about this year's line-up.

"It's going to be a good political year," he said. "It's not a lot going on, but it's enough to keep people interested."

On Wednesday, July 30, District Attorney Mark Duncan will open the political speaking on Founders Square at 9 a.m.

Circuit Court Judge, Place 2 Vernon Cotten, Rep. Scott Bounds, Sen. Giles Ward, Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Attorney General Jim Hood and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will also speak on Wednesday of the Fair.

Political speaking will resume at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 31 with Roger Gerrad, an Independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Third District, taking the podium at the pavilion first.

Following at 9:10 a.m. will be Doug Magee, the Democratic nominee for House of Representative, Third District.

Magee defeated Dennis Quinn in the June 24 runoff, and Jim Liljeberg in June 3 primary.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of the Third District will not be able to attend to the Fair this year, Press Secretary Jordan See said.

"The Congressional calendar overlaps the Fair. So, Congressman Harper will be in session," See said.

Closing the long list of politicians will be Gov. Phil Bryant, who will address Fairgoers Thursday at 10:40 a.m.

Afterwards, the Governor will give special recognition to The Yates Companies, which is celebrating its 50th year.

Chancery Court Judge Place 1 Joey Kilgore, Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, former Gov. William Winter, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will also speak Thursday morning at the Fair.