Kids of all ages will have plenty to get excited about as the Alcorn County Fair opens its gates for a third straight year at the Crossroads Arena today.
"Everything is falling into place and we are ready to get going," said fair committee chairman Chris Porterfield on Monday as set up for the event was in full swing.
Activity begins early with canned goods registration starting at 9 a.m. Winners from the photo contest are also slated to be posted at the same time. Quilt and canned goods judging is slated to take place later during the day.
One of the highlights on tonight's agenda is the petting zoo, sponsored by Alcorn County Soil & Water, Farm Bureau, Corinth Animal Care Center and the Corinth-Alcorn County Bank Association.
"The petting zoo is a big hit everywhere we go," said owner Donnie Richardson.
Richardson brought 50 USDA approved animals to the fair last year. This year he has added four to five new exotic animals.
"I am always looking to add new animals to the show," he said.
The petting zoo, which is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. tonight, has such animals as a camel, kangaroo, antelope and zebra ready for children to check out.
"We have pretty much every animal you can think of," said the zoo keeper.
Farm animals such as ducks, chickens along with dogs can also be found at the 40 x 80 covered area next to the Crescent City Amusement's carnival.
The cheer-off is to begin at 7 p.m. inside the Crossroads Arena. Several area squads will be unveiling their routines to the public during the non-competitive event.
"We are continuously adding things," said Porterfield. "Eventually, we are going to have to expand because the fair is getting larger and larger every year."
Today's fair schedule is:
• Canned goods registration, 9 a.m.-noon
• Art contest winners posted, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Quilt judging, 10 a.m.-noon
• Canned goods judging, 2-4 p.m.
• Crescent City Carnival, 5-10 p.m.
• Petting Zoo, 5-9 p.m.
• Arts & Quilt display, 5-9 p.m.
• Canned food drive, 5-7 p.m.
• Canned goods display, 5-9 p.m.
• Coloring contest, 6-9 p.m.
• Cheer-off, 6-9 p.m.
• Vendor booths, 5-9 p.m.
Admission is $3.