Campbell County Fair

1635 Reata Drive
Gillette, WY 82718


Fair History:
The Campbell County Fair is a place for people of all ages to come relax and enjoy the achievements of the youth and residents of Campbell County. The Fair reaches and touches every person in a unique way. Whether showing livestock or entering a quilt in open class the Fair has something for everyone.

The first fair in Campbell County was held in September of 1920 and was the vision of L.P. McVay. This homesteader, having come from Iowa, thought a county fair was something important. In 1920, with the help of his neighbors, this dream became a reality. The first fair was held in a school which McVay and his neighbors had petitioned to have built, and was 32 miles south of Gillette.

Getting the community involved, the merchants of Gillette were asked to donate items for prizes and the Gillette City Band provided entertainment. There was rodeo entertainment and a race was also held. Quoting from the News Record in August of 1977, "They came to the fair in horse drawn wagons, buckboards, and buggies. Some came on horseback. A few proud owners drove Model T Fords. A basket dinner was shared."

After two years in the school house, the fair outgrew the facilities it provided. It was then moved to the Savageton Hall and later to Gillette, which was a more central location.

The Campbell County Fair is now a major event in the year. It provides the community with a chance to see old friends and make new ones. It is also a chance for a person to proudly display their work throughout the year. The Fair is now held at CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities, located east of Gillette. CAM-PLEX provides a greater array of services for fair attendees and is a great place to host the annual county fair.

The Fair has something to offer everyone. With a concert and free stage entertainment; in addition to projects displayed in Energy Hall; beef, sheep, poultry, rabbit, cat, dog, dairy cattle, dairy goat, horse, and swine shows; and a PRCA Rodeo. The Campbell County Fair has certainly grown and matured since its early days south of Gillette. The Fair is now an event that is recognized state-wide for its quality and professionalism.

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