Thousands are expected to flock to one of the Mid-South's oldest traditional arts and crafts fairs, the 45th Annual A'Fair celebration on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse Square in Hernando this Saturday.

"It's the best time of the year to come out and see friends that you haven't seen in awhile," said Rachel Marsh Cook, a Hernando native who recalls coming to the A'Fair when she was a small girl.

Cook, one of the organizers of the arts and crafts fair, now brings her two young daughters to the fair, along with husband Brad, continuing a family tradition.

"There are lots of children's activities and there's always good food and entertainment," Cook said. "We've got more than 200 vendors ranging from chainsaw sculptors, metal and iron craftsmen and jewelry designers who will have lots of jewelry. There will also be animals for adoption from both of our local animal shelters."

Among the entertainers is the group "Staying Alive," a self-styled "mature rock band" consisting of seniors who like to rock to the oldies but goodies.

Pat McGarrity is a member of the group and said A'Fair attendees are in for a treat.

"We sing mainly old rock stuff but people seem to enjoy it," McGarrity said.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252

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