- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A county fair in southwestern Mississippi is cutting out carnival rides and rebranding itself as the Pike County Farm and Family Festival.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2cfgtiC ) that the festival, Sept. 7-10, will have livestock shows, arts-and-crafts exhibitions and even a sawmill demonstration - but no Tilt-A-Whirls or Ferris wheels.

Pike County Extension Agent Lamar Adams says organizers want to focus on educational activities.

Adams says traffic congestion was a problem, particularly on Saturday night, and the fair was attracting “more people than what we could handle.”

He says the change of focus is not related to past criminal activity. A woman filed a complaint in 2014, saying two deputies had roughed up her teenage son during a disturbance at the fairgrounds. Neither deputy was charged.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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