Fairs Before The Civil War | Walter Edgar's Journal

The fairs of yester-year were far different from the fairs we know today.  Dr. Stroup discusses what fairs were like before The Civil War.  In this time period, fairs were held locally, and each county had their own.  These fairs held competitions for events such as shooting, horse-racing, and cock-fighting.  Farmers and planters also had competitions to show off their crops and livestock. These traditions originated around the 1720’s, and continued on until the late 18th century.  Around the 19th century, we see the increased emergence of farmers’ societies.  One key factor for the success of fairs after 1855 was due to the railroads. The “State Fair” was just one of many fairs going on throughout the state.