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2010 FAIR IN NESHOBA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
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2010 FAIR IN NESHOBA COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
 
The Fair in Neshoba County, Mississippi, is not a typical county or state fair.  Rather, managed by the private Neshoba County Fair Association, it is a campground fair, which indicates it is an event during which the majority of participants reside on Fair property for the duration of the event in cabins that have been passed down from generation to generation.  Specifically, within the 60-acre fairgrounds, much of which is occupied by the race track, midway and parking, thousands of people come together for eight days to occupy over 600 cabins and 200 RVs.
 
The groups gathered in individual spaces are composed of genetic and legal relations accompanied by a variety of other friends and neighbors, and most remain for the entire Fair.  The reality of the phenomena really is mind boggling.  Yet, since 1889, Fair goers have reconvened every year, except 1942 - 1945, and proudly proclaim the number of years they have been in attendance.
 
It is for this reason "Very Close and Personal" was chosen as the title of this project and related book.  Literally, without the "personal" nature of the Fair the "very close" aspect would never work.  By twenty-first century standards, people are just too close to other people, and people are to close to Fair events.  Yet the interpersonal proximity appears to continue to work for the Fair in Neshoba County.
 
The full title of the book for this project is entitled "Very Close and Personal: Faces of the 2010 Fair in Neshoba County."  The 80-page book contains 125 photographs, all of which may be previewed via the following link, where the book also may be purchased:

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/9204215

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Row of Cabins
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Harness Racing
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Photo History of Cabin
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Mule Race
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Beneath the Bleachers
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Big Orange Cabin
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Contestant in Livestock Judging
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Win Live Bunnies Midway Game
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A Break in the Action
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Horse Racing
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Cabin Front Porch at Night
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Auto Show
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Raising Arizona
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Walk from the Paddock
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Ferris Wheel
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Filming Horse Races
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Race Preparation
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Waiting for the Races
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Pre-Concert Gathering
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Mars Hangar at Midnight

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