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Campbell County Fair prepares for 100th anniversary

2018 Sheep Lead Photo

Pierce Christensen participates in the Sheep Lead at the 2018 Campbell County Fair with assistance from FFA member Shantell Gladson. (File photo)

The centennial celebration of the Campbell County Fair begins July 30 and the Campbell County Fair Board and fair staff are going all out to ensure it’s a spectacular event, especially since last year’s fair was limited due to the pandemic.

“It’s a big deal for any fair to celebrate 100 years, especially coming off of everything last year,” Fair Coordinator Liz Edwards said.

Campbell County Fair Coordinator Liz Edwards said she’s excited to welcome fair families and the community back out to Cam-Plex for the 2021 Campbell County Fair July 26 – Aug. 8. (File photo)

This is a particularly special year for Edwards because last year was supposed to be the first in her new role as the fair coordinator, so this year’s 100th anniversary celebration will serve as her first full fair event.

This year’s theme: Harvesting 100 Years of Memories, pays tribute to past fairs and the families that helped to make them truly memorable, Edwards said.

“We’re highlighting the people, places, and events of the past 100 years with historic photos and artifacts that will be placed on display as well as with the creation of a commemorative centennial book,” she said.

Local historian Lucas Fralick researches the history of the Campbell County Fair over the last 100 years for a centennial commemorative book.

The fair will also have a full entertainment lineup again this year after having scaled back last year. New entertainers include Tim the Dairy Farmer, Pierce Avenue, Charlie Jenkins, The Junebugs, and Fantastic Patrick. Returning entertainment will include Cartoon Bill, Team Big Air, and Octane Addictions, among others.

Octane Addictions Performance
Octane Addictions performing at the 2019 Campbell County Fair. (File photo)

Tickets for Octane Addictions go on sale July 1 at cam-plex.com and the full schedule of events can be found on the Campbell County Fair website.

The fair will continue its tradition of focusing on agriculture, livestock, and youth events, according to Campbell County Fair Board Chair Acacia Elkins.

“COVID put a pause in our centennial celebration last year, but we are bringing the fair back full force in 2021,” Elkins said. “This fair isn’t only important to the agricultural community, but it keeps the city tied to its rural roots. And now, more than ever, that’s so important.”

The 2021 Campbell County Fair will run July 30 through Aug. 8 at Cam-Plex with the annual Campbell County Fair Youth Livestock Sale on Sunday, Aug. 8 in the Central Pavilion.

The Campbell County Fair is the single largest youth event in Campbell County involving 4-H, FFA, and open class participants.

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