Rowan County Fair, A Rich History

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.

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

Fairground Rentals

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.

Become a vendor at our many events

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.



Indoor vendor application form
Outdoor vendor application form

Events at the Fairground


12th & 13th 6 Shooter Gun Show¬† 336-460-7350


5th Chicken Show 336-403-8640

26th and 27th CBA Bike Show and Swap Meet


2nd and 3rd Randy's Antique and Yard Sale 704-425-9838

8th Goat Show

23rd 421TT Series Racing 704-791-6317

26th Zerbini Circus

29th Relay for Life


7th and 8th Hippie Fest

21st 421TT Series Racing 704-791-6317

28th and 29th Randy's Antique and Yard Sale 704-425-9838


11th and 12th June Jam Bike Show and Swap Meet 704-791-6317


20th 421TT Series Racing 704-791-6317

27th and 28th 6 Shooter Gun Show 336-460-7350


9th 10th and 11th Smoke Out

19th - 24th RC Fair 704-640-2326

Wednesday September the 21st is pre K and Kindergarden day at the fairgrounds from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Hot dogs chips and drinks will be provided. Call 704-640-2326 if your class plans on attending.

Thursday the 22nd is Special Needs Day from 9:00 am to 12:00pm, hotdogs chips and drinks provided, call 704-640-2326 how you plan on attending.


1st 421TT Series Racing 704-791-6317


5th Chicken Show 336-403-8640¬†

12th and 13th CBA Bike Show and Swap Meet

19th and 20th Randy's Antique and Yard Sale 704-425-9838


31st - Jan 1st 6 Shooter Gun Show 336-460-7350

Contact Us

We'd Love to Hear from You

How to contact us:

By Mail -

PO Box 66,
Salisbury, NC 28145

By Phone -

Tel: 704-640-2326

By Email -

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