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Adams County Fair History


The Adams County Fair gets underway soon. Thousands go to the fairgrounds every year for fun, relaxation, good food and entertainment, but there had to be a beginning to the event, and the Adams County Fair is knee-deep in history.

The fair was not originally at the site it is now. The fair got its beginning in 1941 and was billed as a fall festival and livestock show. It was a one-day event held on the square in Mendon. There were no night time activities. In 1942, the Mendon Lions Club sponsored the Mendon County Fair on the Mendon High School grounds. Three board members borrowed $3,000 in 1943 to, as they said, “keep the fair going.” It was in 1950 that thirty acres of land was purchased on the Mendon-Fowler blacktop and a new charter was issued changing the fair name to Adams County Fair Association. The fair has come a long way from the one day event to the seven day fair ranked among the best in the state and Midwest.

The fair has grown due to the participation of area fair-goers throughout the years. The Adams County Fair this year will be July 23 – 29. See you at the fair!

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