The MSU Riley Center's program on July 26th was the very talented Tony Bennett who shared the stage with his daughter, Antonia Bennett, and incredible musicians who accompanied them.

Tony Bennett has received seventeen Grammy Awards, two Emmy awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award during his long career. He is also an accomplished painter who paints under his real name, Anthony Benedetto, whose paintings hang in many prominent museums and private collections.

At the age of 87, he has not slowed down and has recorded an album with Lady Gaga which will be released in the fall. The signature song, "Anything Goes", was recently released as a single. He captivated the audience with many of their favorites including, "The Shadow of Your Smile", "Smile", and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Antonia sang several contemporary numbers alone and a duet with her father. For those of us who have listened to or watched Tony Bennett on television, seeing him perform in person was a pleasure!

Those attending from Philadelphia were Jan Williamson, Sarah Hutchinson, Helen Thomas-son, Pat Thomasson, Ray Fleming, and Marianne Enochs.


This year brought many candidates to the traditional political forum in the Pavilion at the Neshoba County Fair where they were able to speak to people publicly in person. There were campaign signs everywhere on the way to the Fair Grounds and on the Fair Grounds. One of the littlest campaigners was Leland Kilgore, son of Jeff and Taylor Greenlee Kilgore, who was attending his first Fair, and whose grandfather, Don Kilgore, is running for Circuit Judge. Leland wore a campaign sticker along with his parents and a great big smile!


Since this was the 125th anniversary of the Neshoba County Fair, the Miss Neshoba County Pageant program included past Miss Neshoba County winners accompanied by little girls who were potential Miss Neshoba Counties. One past winner was Keyla Seward Spankovich who came from Gainesville, Florida to participate along with her husband, Christopher, and their son Kiah. Keyla's future Miss Neshoba County was Taylor Allen, daughter of Shane and Janet Yates Allan who looked so pretty and perfectly at ease on the stage.

Kiah's grandmother, Gloria Seward, thoroughly enjoyed his visit. She introduced him to chocolate ice cream!


The Miss Neshoba County Pageant was so exciting this year for the Tom and Shirley Cox family. Shirley was a Miss Neshoba County from 1967, granddaughter Megan Martin Anthony from 2007, and Macy Martin was a contestant in the 2014 pageant. The suspense was enormous as they watched Macy on the stage. When she was announced as the winner, the family was absolutely ecstatic. Imagine three winners from one family!

Macy is the daughter of Ike and Carla Cox Martin and attends Mississippi State University. The Cox cabin is filled with congratulatory floral bouquets from friends and family members.


Another interesting Fair visitor was Jennifer Alford Walker, daughter of Mack and Sherry Alford, who came from Macon, Georgia, with her husband, Glenn, and two children. Jennifer is the author and illustrator of a book titled, "Birds of the Air", which is written around a Biblical theme.

She signed and sold copies of her book at the Flea Market on Saturday as well as some of her paintings. Her son, Joseph, was her little helper on Saturday and was exhausted by the end of the Flea Market. His grandparents are always delighted to entertain their grandchildren who gathered tomatoes and vegetables from the garden and rode on a tractor.

What fun for these city children to experience a taste of country life in Mississippi as well as the Fair!


Another first time Fair baby was Annie Grace Clark, daughter of Johnny and Margaret White Clark. She absolutely loved the people, lights, and playing in front of the cabin. She improvised her own way of getting around on the gravel in front of the steps by raising herself up on her feet and hands to avoid putting her knees down on the hard bumpy "stuff."

The merry go round brought big smiles to her face as she rode with her mother and father who took turns riding with her. She wore her best Fair attire which included a flower or a bow on a head band to complete the day's outfit!


Regina Dungan, wife of Bill Dungan, was another of the past Miss Neshoba County beauties who participated in the Past and Future Miss Neshoba County Pageant on the first Monday of the Fair commemorating the 125th Fair Anniversary.

Regina looked lovely in her black dress accompanied by a future pageant winner, Lilly Hicks , daughter of Catherine and Brian Hicks, who wore a beautiful long deep pink dress with a ruffled skirt and an embellished top. Regina wore Candler Enochs Foster's crown which she wore as Neshoba County's Miss Hospitality when she was a freshman at Ole Miss.

Candler was so pleased that her crown was being worn in the pageant.

She and her husband, Bert, who also loves the Fair, missed this year for the first time in her life due to a golf tournament in Austin.

Candler's team qualified for the finals in the Canyon Creek Country Club tournament and went to Austin to play for the championship in the Pro Lady Golf Tourney at The Hills at Lakeway Golf Course. Since the tournament was on Monday and Tuesday preceding the Fair's opening on Friday, they couldn't come.

After all, someone in the family has to work! She was the team captain and was happy that although they didn't win, they placed second and had a wonderful time. She and Bert stayed at Barton Creek Golf Resort and enjoyed dinner with friends and visiting when she was off the golf course.

Although we missed Candler, her crown sparkled on Regina's glossy hair and added the final touch of elegance to a very pretty lady!