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Political speeches to turn up the heat at the 2023 Neshoba County Fair

By: Frank Corder - July 17, 2023

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves addresses the crowd at the pavilion in Founders Square at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 28, 2022. 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)

Mississippi’s Giant House Party gets underway this Friday and runs through the next week. Candidates for state offices will speak at Founders Square next Wednesday and Thursday.

Founders Square at the Neshoba County Fair will once again be the center of Mississippi’s political world next week as three days of political speaking is set under the pavilion.

This year’s 134th edition of the Neshoba County Fair, the oldest campground fair in the nation, officially opens Friday, July 21st and runs through July 28th.

It is a statewide and legislative election year, which means candidates will be on the stump turning up the already sweltering Mississippi heat even more while slinging a little of that well-known red dirt. The most watched speeches this year will be the Lt. Governor candidates on Wednesday and the gubernatorial candidates on Thursday.

State Senator Chris McDaniel will take the stage at 10:20am on Wednesday just ahead of incumbent Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann at 10:30am in what is sure to provide more than a few mid-morning fireworks. The two Republicans have been trading jabs for months and don’t look to let up with the primary just weeks away.

Then, on Thursday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brandon Presley will make his way to Founders Square at 10:20am with incumbent Republican Governor Tate Reeves to follow at 10:30am.

Outgoing Speaker Philip Gunn is also making his last appearance at the fair’s pavilion as the leader of the Mississippi House on Thursday, just ahead of Presley. Gunn chose not to seek re-election this cycle after serving for three terms as the state’s first Republican Speaker of the House since Reconstruction.

Other speeches of note at this year’s fair include the Republican incumbents and Democratic challengers for Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner, Secretary of State, Treasure, and Central District Public Service Commissioner. Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, State Auditor Shad White and Central District Transportation Commissioner Willie Simmons are also slated to speak but neither of their challengers are listed as attending.

Local political speeches from candidates running in Neshoba County will begin on Tuesday while the state candidates will commence with their remarks on Wednesday and Thursday.

Below is a complete listing of the political speaking schedule for Wednesday and Thursday as promoted by the Neshoba County Fair Association:

Wednesday, July 26th

  • 8:30am – DeKeither Stamps (D), candidate for Central District Public Service Commissioner
  • 8:40am – Brent Bailey (R), Central District Public Service Commissioner
  • 8:50am – Terry Rogers (D), candidate for Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner
  • 9:00am – Bethany Hill, (D), candidate for Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner
  • 9:10am – Robert Bradford, (D), candidate for Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner
  • 9:20am – Andy Gipson (R), Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner
  • 9:30am – Mike Chaney (R), Insurance Commissioner
  • 9:40am – Greta Martin (D), candidate for Attorney General
  • 9:50am – Lynn Fitch (R), Attorney General
  • 10:00am – Shane Quick (R), candidate for Lieutenant Governor *
  • 10:10am – Tiffany Longino (R), candidate for Lieutenant Governor
  • 10:20am – Chris McDaniel (R), candidate for Lieutenant Governor
  • 10:30am – Delbert Hosemann (R), Lieutenant Governor
* Shane Quick has withdrawn from the race for Lt. Governor

Thursday, July 27th

  • 8:40am – C. Scott Bounds (R), State Representative
  • 8:50am – Shuwaski Young (D), candidate for Secretary of State
  • 9:00am – Michael Watson (R), Secretary of State
  • 9:10am – Addie Lee Green (D), candidate for State Treasurer
  • 9:20am – David McRae (R), State Treasurer
  • 9:30am – Shad White (R), State Auditor
  • 9:40am – Willie Simmons (D), Central District Transportation Commissioner
  • 9:50am – David Hardigree (R), candidate for Governor
  • 10:00am – Dr. John Witcher (R), candidate for Governor
  • 10:10am – Philip Gunn (R), Speaker of the House
  • 10:20am – Brandon Presley (D), candidate for Governor
  • 10:30am – Tate Reeves (R), Governor

You can learn more about the Neshoba County Fair and see all of the events and attractions happening during the week here.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: