The 125th edition of the Neshoba County Fair that gets under way Friday could be a cool one. Nighttime temperatures are forecast to drop into mid-60s next week with some rain forecast early.

Out for a July 4 clean-up weekend, Camp Murphy of Madison said then he could hardly wait for the mule pull and family catfish fry on Saturday, a Murphy cabin tradition.

"We go to what used to be the mule pull," he said. "We go down there and root for the ponies and come back and cook 45 pounds of fried catfish, plus fries and hush puppies."

Top musical entertainment, harness and running horse races, an exciting midway, political speaking and many other attractions await visitors at the Fair that runs through Aug. 1.

Parking permits for cabin owners are required after 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Unless Senate business keeps him away, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran will be launching his general election campaign on Thursday, he said, after a heated GOP primary race that drew national attention.

Nine young ladies will compete for the 2014 Miss Neshoba County title Monday night at the Grandstand. (See story page 8A)

The theme will be "Decades of Stars: Past, Present and Future."

As part of the Fair 125th anniversary, over 50 former Miss Neshoba County titleholders will take the stage tonight as well.

Director Gail Breazeale is excited about the pageant, especially about the previous winners making an appearance.

"We are having the previous Miss Neshoba County winners back to honor the 125th celebration of the Fair," she said. "We will bring out the previous winners by decades and each will be accompanied a little girl hoping to become Miss Neshoba County someday."

The pageant will begin at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, Parmalee will kick off the week's entertainment on Tuesday.

Continuing with the line-up will be Brett Eldredge on Wednesday and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Thursday.

Easton Corbin will close on Friday.

All four acts will takes palce at the Grandstands and will begin at 8 p.m. each night.

Cochran is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Former Congressman and Democratic nominee Travis Childers will speak prior to that at 10:20 a.m.

In other contested races, challenger Don Kilgore and incumbent Circuit Court Judge, Place 1 Marcus Gordon will speak at 9:40 a.m. and 9:50 a.m., respectively.

Democratic nominee for District 3 U.S. House of Representatives Doug Magee and Independent nominee Roger Gerrard will open the speeches at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Congressman Gregg Harper will not be able to attend because he will be in Congressional session at the time.

Harness and running races are held each day of the Fair beginning Sunday, July 27. Mitchell Bros. & Sons Amusements will be open on the midway each day as well as a free petting zoo at the cattle arena.

The Harper, Morgan and Smith PRCA Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday of the Fair at 7:30 p.m. 

The Philadelphia Sertoma Club's Heart O'Dixie Triathlon will get under way on Saturday with the first competitors to cross the finish line at the grandstands. 

Also planned throughout the day on Saturday is the Fair's Arts and Crafts Show on Founders Square featuring over 100 vendors.

Thacker Mountain, the Oxford-based radio program hosted by Jim Dees, will bring its unique blend of humor and music to the pavilion on Founders Square on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. (See story page 2A.)

The show will feature the house band, The Yalobushwhackers, Delta blues pianist Eden Brent, blues guitarist Vashti Jackson and "Sweet Potato Queen" author, Jill Conner Browne.

Worship services conducted by the Rev. Scott Boater and God's House are planned for 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the pavilion on Founders Square.

Also planned on Sunday are an antique car show, a performance by the Vernon Brothers at the Grandstand and a concert by First Baptist Church Choir at the pavilion at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a gospel music concert featuring The Way of the Cross Quartet and Standing Firm Quartet at the Grandstand Sunday night beginning at 8 p.m.

Major General William J. Crisler, Jr., will speak at the Veteran's Memorial Service on Tuesday of the Fair.

The annual Hometown Proud program is set for Thursday, Aug. 1 on Founders Square beginning at 11 a.m.

A fireworks show by Pyrotechnico will be held the final night of the Fair on Friday, Aug. 2 at midnight.

The high-flying theatrical circus, Cirque Motion, will perform Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 7 p.m.

The A.J. Yates Late Night Sing will be held at the pavilion at 1 p.m. Wednesday night (Thursday morning).

Fair Manager Doug Johnson asked cabin owners to conserve electricity and water before and during the Fair.

"If you are not going to be here during the week, then turn the air conditioners off," he said. "Also, cabin owners need to try to conserve water as well."

Vehicles must have valid 2014 parking permit to enter the Fairgrounds beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 24.

"It worked out really well last year," he said, "and actually, it worked better than we thought it would."

All vehicles without a valid parking permit will be towed.

Season tickets are $40, day tickets are $15 and children nine-years old and under will be admitted for free. On Sunday, day tickets will be discounted to $10.

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