Fairgoers hooked at early age

By Staff
FRESH COOKIES Dot Lewis, left, holds a tray of homemade cookies for her granddaughter, Anna Fracchio, 5, outside the family's cabin at the Neshoba County Fair. The Lewis' cabin, No. 98, will be the hospitality cabin on Monday. Hospitality cabins are specially designated as locations for people who have questions, need a drink or a place to take a break. See page A6 for more photos from the Neshoba County Fair.Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
July 25, 2004
By Erin Hilsabeck / staff writer
Anna Fracchia was 12 days old the first time she attended the Neshoba County Fair.
Fracchia, who is from Memphis, turned 5 a few days ago. But this week marks her sixth trip to the fair.
Fracchia is like many other children of repeat fairgoers she's been attending for as long as she can remember.
On Monday, her grandmother, Dot Lewis of Philadelphia, will host one of the fair's designated hospitality cabins. These special cabins are designed to help visitors get what they need at the fair, whether it's a cold drink or a brief rest.
Of the more than 500 cabins on site at the fairgrounds, only seven one for each day of the fair will be labeled as hospitality cabins. These cabins are specially designated as places for people who have questions, need a drink or a place to take a break from the heat.
Some families volunteered to help the fair's newcomers, while others were asked by fair staff members.
Roscoe Davis will be spending the week at Harmony House, Tuesday's hospitality cabin. Davis said the cabin belongs to his wife, Marie, and her sister.
Many other cabin-owners, not just those designated as hospitality sites, would likely be willing to help a fair visitor in need.
Paula Jenkins-Brown, who now lives in Arkansas, has been coming to the fair since she was born. Her grandchildren, 7-year-old Ashlyn Hohenshelt and 6-year-old J.C. Hohenshelt, are part of their family's sixth generation of fair visitors.
But even though her cabin wasn't one of the hospitality cabins, she said she'd always offer a cool drink to a thirsty visitor.

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