State Fairs, County Fairs and Country Fairs

Celebrating the Agricultural Heritage of the Southeastern States


Beginning in the summer and continuing throughout the fall, the bright lights of state and county fair midways attract visitors from near and far to celebrate the agricultural heritage of the Southeast with traditional fair fun and entertainment for all ages.
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    Midway fun at the Georgia National Fair
    ••• Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Georgia National Fair

    The Georgia National Fair, Georgia's annual state fair, takes place in early October at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia. Other regional country fairs take place throughout the state from early summer until early November.

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    Kentucky State and County Fairs

    ••• Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Kentucky State Fair Board

    The eleven-day Kentucky State Fair, which has been celebrating Kentucky's history, heritage and culture for over 100 years, takes place in August at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. In addition to the state fair, there are numerous county fairs, agricultural events and horse shows held throughout the year.

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    North Carolina State and County Fairs

    Midway Lights at the North Caroina State Fair
    ••• Photo Credit: Taylor Templeton, NC State Fair

    The North Carolina State Fair, founded in 1853, is the largest fair in the state and one of the largest 10-day fairs in the nation. Held during October at the 344-acre NC State Fairgrounds, this popular fair attracts close to 800,000 fair-goers each year.

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    South Carolina State and County Fairs

    Pumpkin Displays at the South Carolina State Fair
    ••• Photo Credit: Courtesy of the SC State Fair

    The South Carolina State Fair, attracting over 600,000 annual visitors, is the largest event in the State of South Carolina. This popular fair is held in October at the Fairgrounds located in Columbia. Several regional and county fairs take place throughout the state from late August until early November.

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    ••• Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Tennessee State Fair

    The Tennessee State Fair is held each year in early September at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds near downtown Nashville. Throughout the state during the summer and early fall, more than 50 other community and county agricultural fairs delight local residents and visitors alike.

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    Virginia State and County Fairs

    ••• Photo Credit: Courtesy of the former State Fair of Virginia

    The State Fair of Virginia, held in late September and early October has been a Virginia tradition since 1854. In addition, many wonderful county fairs and other country-themed fairs take place across Virginia, mostly in the summer and fall.

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    The State Fair of West Virginia

    ••• Photo Credit: Courtesy of the State Fair of West Virginia

    Held each year in August, the State Fair of West Virginia takes place at the State Fairgrounds in the enchanting Greenbrier Valley and features agricultural and other exhibits, amusement rides, horse racing, entertainment and more.

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    More State Fairs in the Southeast US

    State Fairs
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    The Arkansas State Fair
    Location: The Arkansas State Fair Complex - Little Rock, Arkansas
    Month: Held in October
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    The Florida State Fair
    Location: The Florida State Fairgrounds - Tampa, Florida
    Month: Held in February
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    The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
    Location: BREC Airline Highway Park / Fairgrounds - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Month: Held Late October - Early November
    Related: More About Visiting Louisiana

    The Greater Gulf State Fair
    Location: The Greater Gulf State Fair Grounds - Mobile, Alabama
    Month: Held in Late October - Early November
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    The Mississippi State Fair
    Location: Mississippi Fairgrounds Complex - Jackson, Mississippi
    Month: Held in Late October - Early November
    Related: More about Visiting Mississippi