Lindsay Jackson
Lindsay Jackson
Just beyond the historic areas of Founders Square and Happy Hollow is a little strip of colorful two-story cabins along Homer Graham Street.

Here, in Cabin 257, Joyce Perry welcomed sister and fellow co-owner Lindsay Jackson home to the Fair after years of absence.

Jackson, who now lives in West Texas, grew up attending the Neshoba County Fair with her sister and their great-aunt Roberta. Wanting to do something to bring the children back each year, Roberta and her husband T.C. bought the very first lot on Homer Graham Street and set about constructing their first fair cabin. The cabin was built in 1962 for only $1,200.

Over the years, life got in the way and Lindsay's family stopped attending the Fair. Only once the children had grown was she able to return to the summer oasis of her childhood.

This year, she reclined on the porch of the brown and sky blue cabin and reminisced about old times.

When Cabin 257 was in the early stages, a flood lifted the building clean off the ground.

"The cabin actually floated over and was against that telephone pole over there," said Bill Perry, Lindsay's brother-in-law.

"After that, they called it the Little Ark," Lindsay explained.

She will never forget the fateful work trip to the cabin during off-season when she got the surprise of her life.

"Lindsay was sitting right here," Bill began the story. "She was just kind of staring up through Happy Hollow, because it was probably one o'clock in the morning."

The early May morning was misty and cool as Lindsay squinted into the darkness.

According to Bill, she said, "A man just went across Happy Hollow right between the cabins."

The calm statement turned to one of alarm as she added, "No! Wait a minute. He went through the cabins!"

To this day, she swears she saw a ghost wandering through the shadowy buildings.

Yet, the supernatural has yet to deter her from attending the annual festival.

"On Friday, I'll have been here two weeks," said Lindsay.

She now brings her family to the event as well.

"My youngest daughter's husband came to the Fair for the first time this year," she said. "Now he's ready to buy a cabin."