Fairs have been around since farmers brought their livestock and crops to the town square to sell and be seen by neighbors and friends. Fortunately, county fairs have retained many of the features that they started with: livestock, vegetables, crops, crafts, and much more.
The Racine County Fair is recognizing that history as they celebrate their 100 year anniversary. Julie Moyer, a committee member of the Racine County Mercantile Hall Restoration Project shares how the Racine County Fair got started.
The Racine County Fair has changed quite a bit over time from the original blueprint. In 1922 there were very few buildings and many were not usable for exhibits. Throughout the years, the Racine County Agricultural Society has not only increased the number of buildings but also how much land is utilized.
When interviewing older exhibitors about what makes the Racine County Fair unique, the answers were unanimous that it was about the great community they have and being able to gather together with friends made at the fair.
“To celebrate 100 years, Racine County is restoring the oldest building that was left on the fairgrounds, the Racine Mercantile Hall, which was built in 1927,” says Moyer. “The opening ceremony will be held in front of the newly renovated building and will house history over the past 100 years.”
This year they have a total of 6,301 exhibits that will be on display from July 27-31. To learn more about the events happening at the fair, go to https://www.racinecountyfair.com/.