Rowan County Fair, A Rich History
For over 65 years our 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).
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 Optimost and Millbridge Ruritans. They manned a food booth for years to help raise a major source of their income to distribute within the community. Millbridge Ruritans are presently still active with the fairgrounds serving up the traditional Chicken & Dumplings that were started by Liberty Fire Department.
The Salisbury Jaycees started the fair association and brought the Faith and Spencer Jaycees into it. The Faith and Spencer Jaycees continue to run and organize this event using it as their main source of revenue (75%) to use to put back into the community. They continue to do this and with the help of the community and farmers of Rowan County have allowed this fair to be one of the top fairs for cattle shows in the state. Without their help we could not have a successful fair.
The Board and Jaycees do this because we care about the community and the people in it. We do this because it is fun. So come on out and support the Rowan County Agriculture and Industrial Fair.
Board MembersExecutive Board
Fair BoardFair Manager: Johnny LoveSecretary/Treasurer: Linda SpillamanExhibits Manager and Events Coordinator: Randall BargerGrounds Manager: AJ WallerAgricultural & Barn Coordinator: David Correll
Fairground RentalThe Rowan County Fairgrounds can be rented out for private events, and we have facilities that can accommodate events of all sizes.
Be a Vendor at the FairgroundsDuring 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.
Don’t miss the most cosmic and groovy event of the year! Join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock “Carolina-style” on August 16th – 18th, 2019 at the Rowan County Fairgrounds in Salisbury, North Carolina.
There will be live music on multiple stages featuring tribute bands from the Woodstock era, such as The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and more. We will also feature local musicians. Official band lineup to be announced soon!
Thisis a family-friendly event, fun for all ages.
For more details and tickets go to http://www.carolinabohemianjam.com
March 1st Chicken Show
March 9th and 10th Fairground Fleamarket Antiques and Yard Sale
For more info 704-640-2326 Randall Barger
March 23rd 24th CBA Bike and Swapmeet
- The biggest cash prizes of $1000!
- At only $25 to enter your masterpiece - judged by people's choice!
- Plus-the winner will be featured in upcoming cba bike show advertisements & in the calendar of bob kearney-"carolinas' biker lawyer"
- The 69z band will keep you hopping, through your favorite swap meet shopping!
- Your favorite vendors, and so many new, one of a kind vendors!
April 6th Rowan County Fight Night
Doors open 7pm. General Admission $40, Ringside $50, Call (803) 378-2318
April 24th Zerbini Circus
The Zerbini Family Circus is the greatest one ring circus to travel the USA. It is awesome fun under the big top with acrobat and trapeze artists, dare devils, circus clowns, dancers, juggling, performing animals and lots of laughter.
April 27th Goat Show.
April 27th and 28th North Carolina Jr. State Coon Hunt Championship
May 11th and 12th Hippie Fest
Find out more info at hippiefest.org
May 18th and 19th FairgroundFleamarket Antiques and Yard Sale
Find out more info by calling 704-640-2326 RandallBarger
July 27th and 28th Picker Festival
More info Shane Benefield 704-232-6428
August 16th 17th and 18th CarolinaBohemian Jam
Celebration 50 years of Woodstock
For more info visit carolinabohemianjam.com 704-791-6317 Garrett Barger
September 14th Sports Cards andCollectables
More info at 540-392-2884
September 20th - 28th Rowan CountyFair
November 2nd Chicken Show
November 9th and 10th CBA Bike andSwap Meet
For more details see charlottecba.org/swapmeet.html
November 16th and 17th FairgroundFleamarket Antique and Yard Sale
December 7th Craft Show
More info at704-640-2326 Randall Barger
December 14th and 15th FairgroundFleamarket Antiques and Yard Sale (possible)
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Salisbury, NC 28146