Rowan County Fair
Important Information about the 2020 Fair

We would like to update our followers of the status of the 2020 Rowan County Fair.
Our fair is scheduled for September 25-October 3. We have made the incredibly tough decision to cancel all exhibits for this years fair including livestock shows, commercial exhibits and individual entries. We know that many of you have spent the past year preparing your items for entries in the fair, and we hope that 2021 will be bigger and better than ever.

In the event that the restrictions on mass gatherings are lifted prior to our fair dates we are planning on hosting the Powers and Thomas midway, and have educational exhibits for you to enjoy. Please know we are doing everything possible to move forward with a modified schedule and will keep you posted as we have more information.


Meet the Dinosaurs at the Rowan County Fairgrounds!

Stay in your car and drive through our dinosaur exhibit! Fun for all ages! We will have more than 10 dinosaurs set up for you to see as you drive through! 

This will be at the Rowan County Fairgrounds on Friday Sept 25th from 4pm till 9pm and Saturday Sept 26th from Noon till 8pm. 

We are asking for $5 per person or $15 per carload ($10 if you by your ticket in advance

We will also be offering a "Dino-Hunt" upgrade for only $5 per person or $15 per carload (also only $10 if you buy your ticket in advance) This will allow you to use your own nerf gun to "hunt" dinosaurs!!! (we will have nerf guns to rent also if you need one) 

This should be a lot of fun for anyone likes dinosaurs. Since you will be STAYING IN YOUR CARS it should be safe. 

We have a few surprises for the folks as they drive through and don't be surprised if the hunters become the hunted before you get through!!! We never scare kids!!! Grownups and young adults are fair game. 

Tell a friend, bring the neighbors kid, and come out for a Dino Hunt!!! Prizes for best hunters will be awarded! 

To order tickets in advance make your payment at then comment here that you have ordered yours and we will reply with a 3 digit code that goes with your name. Let us know how many you think will be in your group. (You can fill the car up, we don't care!)

Rowan County Fair, A Rich History

For over 65 years our friends, family and community have flocked to the fair in Rowan County.

In 1951 a group of Jaycees saw the need to establish a permanent facility for the agriculture community to show their ware. They also believed it would be a terrific educational experience for children in grades 1 through 12. Dave Clay, Henry Bernhardt and John Fisher headed up the project along with many others.

Ten Jaycees from Salisbury signed a bank note for $50,000 to get the project started. Dave Clay was named first Fair Manager, serving from 1954-1965. He was followed by Ligon Gillespie (1966-1972), Charles Roakes, Jr. (1973-1976), and Eric Ennis (1977-2007). 

Rowan County Fair, A Rich History

John Love is currently the Fair Manager. A list of those serving with Mr. Love is available below.

Many local fire departments and civic groups help construct the fairgrounds. Among these were Locke, Liberty and Miller Ferry Fire departments, Salisbury Optimist and Millbridge Ruritans. They manned a food booth for years; raising a major source of income they distributed within the community. Fairgoers still talk about the former Chicken & Dumplings served by these volunteers in previous years.

The Salisbury Jaycees started the fair association and brought in the Faith and Spencer Jaycees. Volunteers and Spencer Jaycees continue to run and organize this event; generating their main source of revenue used to support the community, projects and scholarship program. With the help of the community and farmers of Rowan County is one of the top fairs for cattle shows in the state. Without the help of our Jaycees, Local Farmers and Community Volunteers, we could not have a successful fair each year.

The Board and Jaycees care about the community, children and families residing in Rowan County.  The Board and Jaycees want to raise funds during the fair, to contribute back into the local community and businesses, because they want to help our County prosper and succeed.  The Board and Jaycees work hard, helping through individual volunteer hours of service, and having fun while accomplishing their goals.

So please come on out and support the Rowan County Agriculture and Industrial Fair.

Your attendance helps improve your community throughout Rowan County.


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Board Members

Executive Board

Fair Manager: Johnny Love

Secretary/Treasurer: Linda Spillman

Exhibits Manager and Events Coordinator: Randall Barger

Grounds Manager: AJ Waller

Agricultural & Barn Coordinator: David Correll

Fair Board

Clay Boger
Mandi Boger
Roger Boger
Suzanne McLimore
Lynne Purvis
Gregg Seaford
Robert Spillman

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Fairground Rental

The Rowan County Fairgrounds can be rented out for private events, and we have facilities that can accommodate events of all sizes.

Family Reunions to Music Concerts... Indoors or Outdoors... Rowan County Fairgrounds can host your event.

All events are subject to approval by the Rowan County Board, and must have all required permits for operation etc.

For more information contact Randall Barger at 704-640-2326, or contact us by email by clicking here...

Fairground Rental
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Be a Vendor at the Fairgrounds

During the year we are delighted to offer various events at the Rowan County Fairgrounds, and for most of these events we invite vendors to participate.

Please note: We offer a strict "first come - first served" policy, and at most events space is subject to limited availability, so we urge you to book your space early to avoid missing out on these fabulous opportunities.

Be a Vendor at the Fairgrounds
Indoor Vendor Application form
Indoor Vendor Application form
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Events at the Fairgrounds

October 2020

10th & 11th - Carolina Bohemian Jam

17th & 18th - Carolina Uprising

November 2020

7th - Chicken Show

14th & 15th - CBA Bike Show and Swap Meet

December 2020

26th & 27th - Six Shooters Gun Show

We'd Love to Hear from You

How to contact us:

By Mail - 

1560 Julian Rd,
Salisbury, NC 28146

By Phone - 

Tel: 704-640-2326

By Email - 

Please use the form below to contact us by email.