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Volusia County Fair

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3150 E New York Ave, Deland, FL 32724
http://www.volusiacountyfair.com
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History: The Volusia County Fair was originally chartered in 1923, with the late Earl Brown as the first fair manager. It was held at the fairgrounds located on Old New York Avenue by the train station. The fair became an annual event with the largest...read more
History: The Volusia County Fair was originally chartered in 1923, with the late Earl Brown as the first fair manager. It was held at the fairgrounds located on Old New York Avenue by the train station. The fair became an annual event with the largest poultry show in the southeast. All the towns in this county were agriculturally oriented and each community placed an agricultural exhibit in the fair. The fairgrounds had eight large exhibit buildings. In addition, there was a large covered grandstand with a half-mile dirt track for auto racing. Today the sheriff department utilizes most of this space for a driver-training course. In 1939, the United States was attempting to stay out of what was to become World War II, but wanted to help our allies in Europe. Women began sewing and knitting articles of clothing, linen, bedding, etc., and families began planting victory gardens to allow more food to be shipped to Europe. At this time, it was considered very unpatriotic to spend money or energy on a fair, which resulted in the transformation of the fairgrounds into an industrial site. This continued until the end of the war. By that time, most of the board of directors had either passed away or moved out the area. Mr. Earl Brown had become head of the state Chamber of Commerce and traveled all over the world promoting the state of Florida. In 1955, Lee Maxwell, who was to become fair manager, paid a visit to the county agricultural agent, T.R. Townsend, and inquired if he would like to help revive the Volusia County Fair. Mr. Townsend replied he would help all he could, and brought up that a new board of directors would have to be appointed. The property known as the fairgrounds had reverted back to the Volusia County government and the grounds and buildings had been sold to the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. The circus allowed the Fair Association, at no charge, to hold the fair on the circus property in 1955-56. Then in 1957, they decided to rent the property for a very high price, causing the Fair Association to relocate the fair to the National Guard Armory and surrounding property form 1957-58. Within two years, the fair outgrew the Armory and was relocated to the area surrounding the old Navy Hospital at the DeLand Airport in 1959. This is approximately where Mrs. Fair's Fine Foods is now located. The Fair Association was given permission by the city of DeLand to utilize the large hospital building, which had to be transformed into an exhibit building. The fair spent money to remove partitions between the rooms and hallways, in addition the electrical wiring had to be redone to provide exhibit space. The hard work and expense paid off, for that year the fair was the most successful one held. This allowed all debts for the work performed to be paid in full and there was even money left. Soon afterwards, the Fair Association learned they did not have a contract with the city for any future use of this building, which they had renovated, and discovered it had been rented to a furniture dealer. Once again, the fair did not have a home, so from 1960-1965 the annual Volusia County Fair was not held. In 1966, under the leadership of Bill Hester, chairman of the DeLand Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee, a plan was formed to acquire land for an agricultural center and fairgrounds in Volusia County. The existing board of directors of the Fair Association supported this idea and decided to hold the fair again that year. They also changed the name to the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show and appointed Hurbert Talton as manager. The fair was held in 1966 & 1967 in tents, no buildings, on the site where the DeLand YMCA is now located. Through Mr. Hester's leadership, a private individual donated 20 acres of land east of I-4 on Highway 44, to build the agricultural center and provide a permanent location for the fairgrounds. In 1968, the first fair was held at the present location, and for two years it was held in tents. In 196
 
 

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3 of 5 stars
Sep 2, 2012
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Volusia County Fair 3150 E New York Ave,
Deland, FL 32724
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This history is wrong. The first fair was held at the Deland Aquatic Club on Blue Lake.
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History: The Volusia County Fair was originally chartered in 1923, with the late Earl Brown as the first fair manager. It was held at the fairgrounds located on Old New York Avenue by the train station. The fair became an annual event with the largest poultry show in the southeast. All the towns in this county were agriculturally oriented and each community placed an agricultural exhibit in the fair. The fairgrounds had eight large exhibit buildings. In addition, there was a large covered grandstand with a half-mile dirt track for auto racing. Today the sheriff department utilizes most of this space for a driver-training course. In 1939, the United States was attempting to stay out of what was to become World War II, but wanted to help our allies in Europe. Women began sewing and knitting articles of clothing, linen, bedding, etc., and families began planting victory gardens to allow more food to be shipped to Europe. At this time, it was considered very unpatriotic to spend money or energy on a fair, which resulted in the transformation of the fairgrounds into an industrial site. This continued until the end of the war. By that time, most of the board of directors had either passed away or moved out the area. Mr. Earl Brown had become head of the state Chamber of Commerce and traveled all over the world promoting the state of Florida. In 1955, Lee Maxwell, who was to become fair manager, paid a visit to the county agricultural agent, T.R. Townsend, and inquired if he would like to help revive the Volusia County Fair. Mr. Townsend replied he would help all he could, and brought up that a new board of directors would have to be appointed. The property known as the fairgrounds had reverted back to the Volusia County government and the grounds and buildings had been sold to the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. The circus allowed the Fair Association, at no charge, to hold the fair on the circus property in 1955-56. Then in 1957, they decided to rent the property for a very high price, causing the Fair Association to relocate the fair to the National Guard Armory and surrounding property form 1957-58. Within two years, the fair outgrew the Armory and was relocated to the area surrounding the old Navy Hospital at the DeLand Airport in 1959. This is approximately where Mrs. Fair's Fine Foods is now located. The Fair Association was given permission by the city of DeLand to utilize the large hospital building, which had to be transformed into an exhibit building. The fair spent money to remove partitions between the rooms and hallways, in addition the electrical wiring had to be redone to provide exhibit space. The hard work and expense paid off, for that year the fair was the most successful one held. This allowed all debts for the work performed to be paid in full and there was even money left. Soon afterwards, the Fair Association learned they did not have a contract with the city for any future use of this building, which they had renovated, and discovered it had been rented to a furniture dealer. Once again, the fair did not have a home, so from 1960-1965 the annual Volusia County Fair was not held. In 1966, under the leadership of Bill Hester, chairman of the DeLand Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Committee, a plan was formed to acquire land for an agricultural center and fairgrounds in Volusia County. The existing board of directors of the Fair Association supported this idea and decided to hold the fair again that year. They also changed the name to the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show and appointed Hurbert Talton as manager. The fair was held in 1966 & 1967 in tents, no buildings, on the site where the DeLand YMCA is now located. Through Mr. Hester's leadership, a private individual donated 20 acres of land east of I-4 on Highway 44, to build the agricultural center and provide a permanent location for the fairgrounds. In 1968, the first fair was held at the present location, and for two years it was held in tents. In 196