Taylor County Fair

1721 East Broadway Street
Campbellsville, KY 42718

270-789-2964

Fair History:

The Taylor County Fair Association in an independent agency that operates the Taylor County Fair as a non-profit organization to promote agriculture, industry and entertainment to the citizens of Taylor County and all of south-central Kentucky. All funds are used to produce subsequent fairs, maintenance of facilities and advertising/promotion. Board members are volunteers who reside in Taylor County.

The Beginning, The End? ... The Beginning Once Again!

For many years dating back to the early 1900’s, the Taylor County Fair was recognized as one of the best fairs in the state of Kentucky. In 1978 the American Legion conducted its final fair and for twenty years the residents of Campbellsville/Taylor County did not have a county fair to call their own.

In 1997, a county wide initiative was conducted to “Revive the Fair”. Nearly forty people attended a community meeting in the old Railroad Depot building, including Stewart Gritton of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture Division of Shows and Fairs and Bill Taylor, who at that time was the Executive Secretary of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows. From this community meeting, the Taylor County Fair Association, Inc. was born. Initial officers/charter members were Bryan Blair, President; Becky Nash, Vice-President; Jeannie Seaborne, Secretary and Mike Litchfield, Treasurer. Other charter members included William Wallace Evans, Melvin Doug Martin, Randy Wayne, Patty Evans, Johnnie Price, Janet Mills, Angie Johnson, Anna Lee Johns, Utah Canada and Helen Canada.

Plans were to conduct the first Taylor County Fair in 1999, however, at the request of then County-Judge Executive Fred Waddle, the Fair Association produced a three day Taylor County Heritage Fair that ran concurrently with the Campbellsville Independence Day Celebration in 1998. The event was held at the Taylor County High School campus and featured animal displays, field stock dog trials, entertainment and a pictorial history of Taylor County to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the county. In the spring of 1999, with the assistance of the county road department, the first dirt was turned on what would be the motorsports/event track at the new fair. The first fair was held August and the Fair Association rented portable lighting, sound and bleachers were obtained from Miller Park and other areas in the community for seating.

Since that time, numerous improvements have been made to the American Legion grounds by the Taylor County Fair Association. The Association has purchased seven sets of aluminum bleachers, state of the art lighting for the track and parking areas, a sound system, two large hoop buildings to serve as livestock barns/display areas and infrastructure improvements/additions such as electric and water lines. The bleachers were acquired through a co-operative loan between all community banks in what was perhaps an unprecedented move in Campbellsville and it set the stage for future growth for the Fair. In 1999 and 2000, the fair was held the first week of August. However, in 2001 the date moved due to a change in the schedule of Kissel Rides and Shows to the last full week of June. Currently, the fair is held the from the first weekend of June through the next full week!

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