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Fair objective reached for another year
by Steve Beavers
Nov 11, 2013 | 259 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Giving back to the community was the goal.

The Alcorn County Fair Committee and Modern Woodmen combined to see the objective reached.

"So many individuals and businesses helped, we could not do it without their support," said fair committee member Sandy Mitchell.

Proceeds collected from the five days of the fair in September were put right back into the community, according to Mitchell.

Modern Woodmen played a part of the success by matching ticket sales for the Duck Dynasty Show which culminated the annual fair.

"Modern Woodmen is always looking for new ways to give back to the community," said financial representative Steven Eaton.

Fair organizers were able to donate $14,000 to programs centered around youth in the county. Modern Woodmen contributed $2,000 through its matching fund program.

"It was one of our largest matching funds," added Eaton. "We love being part of giving back projects such as the fair."

According to Mitchell, 9,100 attended the fair. A downpour of rain on Friday canceled events planned for that night.

"The rain hurt us terribly, but the fair was still an overall success," she said.

Numbers for the annual youth livestock show helped things on the final day. Over 130 head of cattle were shown by young people from Tennessee and Mississippi.

Duck Dynasty star, Willie Robertson, and his son, John Luke, headlined the final night of the event at the Crossroads Arena. Attendance was 1,964 for their show.

"The Bluegrass night was a good one and our Saturday attendance was up 1,600 from last year," said the fair committee member. "We are already looking at next year's event to see where we can expand certain areas and make things better."

Eaton is also looking forward to being involved in future community projects such as the fair.

"Our goal is to make people aware of Modern Woodmen as they are of Walmart," he said.

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