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December 12, 2013
Tradition runs deep at the annual Neshoba County Fair, where people have been gathering and camping since 1889. Today, the fair bills itself as Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty, an eight-day fun-filled event where more than 600 cabins fill with families and friends. This year’s fair is set for July 27 - Aug. 3.
This being Mississippi, food plays an important role in the festivities of the fair’s cabin community. And as some of the older cabins are handed down for new generations to enjoy and share, so are the recipes. The “Giant Houseparty Cookbook” presents many of these recipe traditions in a section devoted to fair food, plus a wide variety of others contributed by local families.
Nancy Reagan provided her recipe for Vienna Chocolate Bars to the cookbook. Ronald and Nancy Reagan visited the fair in 1980, during his first campaign for the presidency.
The third printing of this popular cookbook, first published in 1981, features a lay-flat binding and some 375 pages of recipes. It is available in stores or may be ordered by mail.
To order, send $25 plus $6 S&H to Community Development Partnership, PO Box 330, Philadelphia, MS 39350. For more information call 877-752-2643.
Learn more about the upcoming Neshoba County Fair at www.neshobacountyfair.org.
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