County fair will help less fortunate

By Jeff Whitten

The McNairy County Fair will be held July 5-9 this year at the Fairgrounds in Selmer, according to Stephen Berryman, Chairman of the Board of the McNairy County Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees).

The fair will be staged by Dixieland Carnival Company. 

“I’d just like everybody to come out and support the fair this year,” Berryman said. “The support we got last year helped us to contribute to the Christmas Shopping Spree, as well as help 40 families at Thanksgiving time. There are a lot of families, even though the economy is getting better, we are still trying to climb out of a recession, and I feel we will have as many families or more to help this year.”

Admission is $2 and unlimited ride armbands will be available for $18. Proceeds from this year’s fair will go to the same causes they went to last year, he said.

About 10 or 20 additional families were helped beyond the shopping spree last year for light bills, gas bills and other things, Berryman said.

Last year, about $1,500 from the fair went to the Christmas shopping spree, $600 for Thanksgiving and $850 for other needy families at Christmas.

Proceeds from the fair also help pay for permits and other expenses in putting on the Christmas parade.

“Everything we get from the fair goes right back into the community, except for expenses. Everybody wonders why we are constantly doing fundraising. Even though we are a nonprofit, we still have a light bill, water bill and taxes just like everybody else” he said.

This is a small part of the proceeds from the fair, Berryman said. In addition, he said the Jaycees spend “thousands of dollars” in expenses for fair events.

 Gates will open at 6 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday and at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Fairest of the Fair Pageant is on July 2 at 9 a.m.

The Womanless Beauty Review is on Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m. Contestants should be there by 6 p.m. to register.

On Wednesday, two gospel groups, Higher Praise and Forgiven will sing.

The 4X4 pull is on Thursday night. This event is open for the public to enter. This event also begins at 7 p,m., though contestants should be there by 6 p.m.

Total Destruction Wrestling Association wrestling is Friday night.

The homemade ice cream contest is Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. Competitors will need to be at the Jaycee Building by 4:45 p.m. The demolition derby is at 7 p.m.  Competitors need to be there between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

There will also be at between 20 and 25 rides, according to Berryman. These will include the Giant Wheel, the Orbiter, the Himalaya, bumper cars and lots of kids’ rides, including a merry-go-round. A full list is available at

Jams, jellies, needlepoint, crochet and canned goods will be judged. Competitors must bring their items to the Selmer Jaycee Building by July 2 at 6 p.m. Desserts will also be judged. These items need to be brought to the Jaycee Building by July 8 at 6 p.m.

Any vendors who want to set up a booth in the Jaycee Building should call Stephen Berryman at (731) 610-6970.