September 26 to October 6, 2013
1751 E. Marion St.
Shelby, NC 28152
The Cleveland County Fair is held in Shelby, North Carolina, and has become the largest agricultural state fair in North Carolina. You'll find plenty of animal and agricultural exhibits, along with the rides, food, music, entertainment, and everything else you'd usually associate with a "county fair."
Ages 13-64: $8
Ages 6-12: $3
Children 5 and under: Free
Senior citizens 65 and older: Free
In 1923, the Shelby Kiwanis planned a county fair that would combine several smaller fairs into one big event. Shares of stock were sold at $20, and $15,000 was raised in total to begin the Cleveland County Fair. 46 acres of land were set aside (now Cleveland Community College), and the fair officially opened in 1924 with about 70,000 people in attendance. Attendance has gradually grown to point that the Cleveland County fair is now the largest county fair in the state of North Carolina, with close to 200,000 people attending each year.
Events at the Cleveland County Fair
A glance at the 2013 fair schedule shows tradition events like racing, a demolition derby, and a beauty pageant, but also appearances from television's "Lizard Lick Towing." I'll update this list further as more information is released.
This isn't just the only fair around. In fact, there's probably at least one more close to you! North Carolina is home to over 30 different county fairs. Click here for a look at each one.