With this being an off-election year, crowds attending the political speeches were smaller usual at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 29, 2021. The fair, also known as Mississippi's Giant House Party, is an annual event of agricultural, political, and social entertainment at what might be the country's largest campground fair. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The Neshoba County fair began Friday morning, with the usual mix of politics, entertainment, food, and socializing set to take place over the following week.

The annual event, which was first staged in 1889, will see the state’s top political leaders speaking, including the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house, attorney general, state auditor, secretary of state, state treasurer, and more.

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann addresses attendees at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Hosemann spoke of the availability of work statewide for those seeking employment. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann will join fellow Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney in speaking Wednesday morning. That day’s slate also features state representatives Michael T. Evans, I-Preston, and C. Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia, and state Sen. Jenifer Branning, R-Philadelphia.

One of only two Democrats speaking at the fair will also be on Wednesday. Shuwaski Young is running against incumbent Republican Michael Guest to represent Mississippi’s Third Congressional District in Congress.

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