Fairfield County Agricultural Society
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All of the historic buildings on the timeline are located on the Fairfield County Fairgrounds.
History of the Fairfield County Fair
1850 – Present
The Fairfield County Fair has been a part of the lives of many Fairfield County residents and visitors and holds a special place in many hearts. Memories have been made and long-standing traditions endured throughout the history of the fair. The scenic location and fall setting make the Fairfield County Fair a memorable event for all who visit and participate.
The Fairfield County Agricultural Society was formed in 1850 with John Reber serving as the first president of the society. The first fair was held the following year in a field owned by Reber near the present-day fairgrounds. In 1852 the Fairfield County Agricultural Society purchased approximately 14 acres in the shadows of Mt. Pleasant which have served as the fairgrounds since that time. The fairgrounds expanded to 22 acres by 1876 and 36 acres by 1880. Contrary to some beliefs, the fairgrounds have been privately owned and maintained since purchased by the Fairfield County Agricultural Society and are not owned by any government entity.
Historic buildings dot the current fairgrounds and are interspersed among more modern buildings. The iconic round cattle barn and the Art Hall are two of the most noticeable historic buildings constructed on the fairgrounds, while other historic buildings have been moved from their original locations and then reconstructed on the fairgrounds to preserve various aspects of historic life in Fairfield County.
The beautiful setting and long history of the Fairfield County Fair cannot be understated as a landmark of Fairfield County. Exhibitions of livestock, crafts, home-grown produce, horse racing, concessions, and entertainment have withstood the test of time for junior exhibitors and adults alike. The Fairfield County Agricultural Society is committed to preserving the past while looking forward to the future.