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
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.
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.
Events at the Fairground
April 10th Goat Show
April 17th and 18th Gun Show
April 17th Statesville Ag and Turf Show
May 3rd Zerbini Circus
May 8th and 9th Hippie Fest
May 31st Car Show
June 5th and 6th June Jam Bike and Swap Meet
June 12th Carolina Grudge Truck Pull
August 7th and 8th Gun Show
September 11th Carolina Grudge Match Truck Pull
RC Fair Sept 24th - Oct 2nd
RC Fair Sept 24th - Oct 2nd
October 16th and 17th Bohemian Jam
October 22nd and 23rd Carolina Uprising
November 6th Chicken Show
November 13th and 14th CBA Bike Show and Swap
December 4th and 5th Gun Show
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Salisbury, NC 28146
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