Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show

226 East Sangamon Avenue
Fisher, IL 61843



Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show began.

The Fisher Community Fair and Horse Show began as a grouping of tents behind the old Fisher Elementary School. Because of gas and rubber rationing during World War II, the residents of the area were not able to travel to the Champaign County Fair.

First Fair

The first fair was held on the athletic field, in 1942, but due to the rain that day, the following fairs were held on the High School grounds, where more adequate shelter was obtained for the exhibitors. Each year the exhibits of livestock, poultry, garden produce, flowers, bread, cakes and pastries, fancy work, sewing, canned foods and hobbies & crafts are exhibited. Each of the classes are awarded a first, second, third & fourth places. Most of those classes still exist today in the Exhibit building, with a few additional classes being added due to the newer technology in the 21st century. Digital Photography prints and Rose mailing & Toll Painting are just a few of the newer categories. Canning, Candy making, Sewing and Baking categories have all seen a decline, also with the changing times of our world. 

Also, each year a home talent program, or later known as Women’s programs appeared until the late eighties. This event was a huge success during those years, until the homemaker began working away from home, then those programs died out due to low attendance. The programs included anything from Macramé, Flower Arranging and Quilting. The programs were lead by local community members or the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension.

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