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.
Saturday Oct 31st Noon Till Midnight
Sunday Nov 1st Noon Till 8pm
TICKETS ARE ONLY $20 IN ADVANCE!
$30 At the Gate...
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).
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.
Fair Manager: Johnny Love
Secretary/Treasurer: Linda Spillman
Exhibits Manager and Events Coordinator: Randall Barger
Grounds Manager: AJ Waller
Agricultural & 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.
We'd Love to Hear from You
How to contact us:
Salisbury, NC 28146