It's the first colors of autumn in Mississippi, the lights on the rides and decorating the food booths at the State Fair. The trees have only begun to take on the blush of fall in early October, and not even all of them have started to turn. But the bright, colorful lights on the fair grounds are a cheerful reminder that the year is marching on and things are changing.
Most years the weather is excellent during fair week. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. Just right for walking the midway and just being here with about 10 thousand other people who are thinking the same thing you are. Some are bolder and actually ride the rides. I'm sure they are a lot of fun. But I have long since passed the urge to try to prove something to anyone.
The food is fun. You pay prices you'd never pay at the grocery story for food you'd never eat at home. And probably SHOULDN'T eat for any sustained length of time.
The moon hangs high overhead, and so do some of the ride riders, adding their shrieks of delight in with the noise of the mechanisms and the flashing colorful lights and this must be what it's like inside a pinball machine.
Throw in the aroma of the food and the cool night air and it's State Fair. And State Fair is the first of the dominoes that will fall pretty quickly now, in succession, now. Next will be Halloween in no time. And before you can remember to take in the jack-o-lantern in off the front steps it will be Thanksgiving. And then Christmas. And by then, State Fair will be a distant memory. And yet, all of the rest of it will be here a lot quicker than you realize. Then it will be New Years and we get to do it all again!
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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