Today in History: County and State Fairs

Barker at the grounds at the Vermont state fair

Today in History–August 22–the Library of Congress features county and state fairs, many of which are held around this date. County and state fairs feature entertainment as well as showcase the agricultural industry and rural lifestyles. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources & more.

County and State Fairs from America’s Library

County fair images

A rube couple at a county fair 1904 film

County fair audio recordings

County fair books & other texts

County fair historical newspaper coverage

Modern U.S. legislation related to county fairs

State fair images

County fair audio recordings

Big state fair; Persian kitty song recording

State fair books, reports & other texts

State fair historical newspaper coverage

Rodgers & Hammerstein: It Might as Well Be Spring (State Fair) video