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Cleveland County Fairgrounds

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1751 E Marion St, Shelby, NC 28152
http://ccfair.net
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The Fair was the brainchild of the Shelby Kiwanis Club in 1923 when former Governor O. Max Gardner was president. Dr. J.S. Dorton chaired the committee, which guided the movement of merging the Boiling Springs Community Fair Association and Union Comm...read more
The Fair was the brainchild of the Shelby Kiwanis Club in 1923 when former Governor O. Max Gardner was president. Dr. J.S. Dorton chaired the committee, which guided the movement of merging the Boiling Springs Community Fair Association and Union Community Fair into one large annual event. Dr. Dorton's first idea included a large plot of land that would accommodate carnival rides, exhibits, and a grandstand for horse races, revues and a livestock barn. A year later, October 14 - 18, 1924 gates opened on the first adventure. The Fair is still operating on the same land today and grounds are used all year long. Dr. Dorton managed the Fair through its 38th year until his death on April 17, 1961. His son J. Sib Dorton, Jr. immediately took over the reins of the "61" fair, after which Elbridge J. Weathers, Doc's right-hand man, managed it from 1962 until his death in 1973. Sam Goforth followed Weathers from 1973- 76, and his brother, Joe Goforth, followed him in 1977. Joe Goforth served as manager until he reitred in 2005, handing the reins over to Bill Edmondson who brought his experience as fair manager of the Mountain State Fair and is the current manager. Over the years the Fair has been tailored for every member of the family and has kept its educational background with promotions in agriculture, education, industry, art, history and other facets of everyday life. For more detailed information on history of the fair contact the fair office. Learn more about the beginning of the fair, railway carnival train, entertainment through the years, carnivals, attendance, new facilities and how the off season rentals are an asset to the up keep of the fairgrounds. There are many reasons the Cleveland County Fair has its history of success, but the main one is that there has always been community and citizen involvement. Clevelanders from all walks of life have contributed their talents to make it "one of the greatest shows on earth
 
 

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The Fair was the brainchild of the Shelby Kiwanis Club in 1923 when former Governor O. Max Gardner was president. Dr. J.S. Dorton chaired the committee, which guided the movement of merging the Boiling Springs Community Fair Association and Union Community Fair into one large annual event. Dr. Dorton's first idea included a large plot of land that would accommodate carnival rides, exhibits, and a grandstand for horse races, revues and a livestock barn. A year later, October 14 - 18, 1924 gates opened on the first adventure. The Fair is still operating on the same land today and grounds are used all year long. Dr. Dorton managed the Fair through its 38th year until his death on April 17, 1961. His son J. Sib Dorton, Jr. immediately took over the reins of the "61" fair, after which Elbridge J. Weathers, Doc's right-hand man, managed it from 1962 until his death in 1973. Sam Goforth followed Weathers from 1973- 76, and his brother, Joe Goforth, followed him in 1977. Joe Goforth served as manager until he reitred in 2005, handing the reins over to Bill Edmondson who brought his experience as fair manager of the Mountain State Fair and is the current manager. Over the years the Fair has been tailored for every member of the family and has kept its educational background with promotions in agriculture, education, industry, art, history and other facets of everyday life. For more detailed information on history of the fair contact the fair office. Learn more about the beginning of the fair, railway carnival train, entertainment through the years, carnivals, attendance, new facilities and how the off season rentals are an asset to the up keep of the fairgrounds. There are many reasons the Cleveland County Fair has its history of success, but the main one is that there has always been community and citizen involvement. Clevelanders from all walks of life have contributed their talents to make it "one of the greatest shows on earth