'We come every year': Families make memories at annual fair

 

Miranda Pierce reaches into a bucket while working at a booth on Wednesday at the Mississippi Delta Shows Fair.

Miranda Pierce reaches into a bucket while working at a booth on Wednesday at the Mississippi Delta Shows Fair. Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

 

Shalonda Rogers holds her new fish, Mike, on Thursday night at the fair. Rogers' boyfriend, Joban Alston, won it for her by throwing a ball in the fish bowl.

Shalonda Rogers holds her new fish, Mike, on Thursday night at the fair. Rogers' boyfriend, Joban Alston, won it for her by throwing a ball in the fish bowl.
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From left to right, James Washington, Kamryn Hill, 9, Jaeden Lowe, 9, and Jaida Curry, 6, watch to see where a ping-pong ball Hill threw will land in a kiddie pool. Hill tossed a bucket full of ping-pong balls into the water, in hopes of getting them in bowls floating at the surface.

From left to right, James Washington, Kamryn Hill, 9, Jaeden Lowe, 9, and Jaida Curry, 6, watch to see where a ping-pong ball Hill threw will land in a kiddie pool. Hill tossed a bucket full of ping-pong balls into the water, in hopes of getting them in bowls floating at the surface. "We come every year," Washington said.
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Lily Dunn, 17, and her boyfriend Tyler Maddox, 18, glide through the air on Wednesday while on a new ride at the Mississippi Delta Shows Fair.

Lily Dunn, 17, and her boyfriend Tyler Maddox, 18, glide through the air on Wednesday while on a new ride at the Mississippi Delta Shows Fair. "The falling feeling is really fun. It feels like you're hang gliding," Dunn said.
Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

 

Mississippi Delta Shows' maintenance man A.J. Marsell climbs to the center of the ferris wheel to fix a light on Thursday at the Columbus Fairgrounds.

Mississippi Delta Shows' maintenance man A.J. Marsell climbs to the center of the ferris wheel to fix a light on Thursday at the Columbus Fairgrounds.
Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

 

 

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The sweet scent of funnel cakes and cotton candy wafted through the air at the Columbus Fairgrounds this week during the opening nights of the Lowndes County Fair hosted by Mississippi Delta Shows. Music played and children screamed as families sailed through the air on rides, played carnival games and ate treats.  

 

The first Mississippi Delta Shows carnival was held in 1948, when a member of the Jenkins family started the business. Though it has taken breaks in operation over the years, the business remains family owned and operated by three generations of Jenkins. The carnival started their traveling season mid-March and it will continue to bring excitement to towns across Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana through Nov. 3.  

 

Before moving to the Columbus Fairgrounds, Mississippi Delta Shows used to set up at Leigh Mall in Columbus. They have been coming to town for at least eight years. "There's a lot of good people in Columbus," the carnival's owner Deborah Jenkins said.

 

 

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