By Julie Straw
The skies are cloudy and grey over the Mississippi State Fair as it wraps up its final day. With the shaky economy and families keeping a watchful eye on their spending, did it have any affect on this year's turn out?
The Mississippi State Fair is a memory maker. Those rides, games and tasty food...they all cost money and can shrink your wallet a size or two in a matter of hours. That didn't seem to stop families like the Streeter's from coming to the fair this year.
"We have to go. It's not coming back for another year. We can't miss out on the fair. We just kind of planned ahead. We brought just what we were going to spend and when that's gone we're going home," said Courtney Streeter of Madison.
Despite the current economic crisis attendance is slightly higher this year, according to North American Midway Entertainment's General Manager. It's a great mini-vacation without the travel time and expense.
"I think with the price of fuel we bring the entertainment to Jackson, Mississippi so everyone can come enjoy the fair," said General Manager Dan Minge.
Another sign of good attendance? The free biscuit booth has remained just as busy as years past. Workers estimate by the time the fair closes down they would have given away about 105,000 warm biscuits. "It's the time I put into them and the buttermilk and the shortening and the flour," said Aguster Lewis while making biscuits.
Whatever the financial forecast, families just could not miss the state fair. To them it would be like skipping a birthday or forgoing carols and lights on Christmas.
"It's a tradition I believe that every year they look forward to coming, every year so it's going to keep going," said Myra Porter of Lexington.