July 8th, 2013
Happy 60th Birthday, Cecil County Fair! In 1953, members of the Calvert, Cecilton and Colora Granges met over lunch to discuss the idea of founding a fair in Cecil County. The founders approached Mr. William DuPont who owned the land which is now Fair Hill Natural Resources. Mr. DuPont was an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, helping to share founding expenses as well as donating a grandstand and some outbuildings.
It took a year of planning, but the first Cecil County Fair was held on July 31, 1954 from 10am to 10pm. Admission was free, there were two games on the midway and the main event was a calf scramble – the winner getting to keep the calf!
The Cecil County Fair has evolved over the years to the 9-day event we know and love – especially the Cecil County Public Library’s booth. Be sure to stop by, enter our classic counting jar contest, create a craft and pick up a free book. Did you know that Monday, July 22 is Children’s Day? Swing by the big stage at 10:40am for a lively library dance party.
What’s the best book you’ve picked up at the Library’s fair booth? What’s your favorite part of the fair experience?