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Potluck: The Clay County Fair

Over the Top

Compiled by Carol Bodensteiner and Mary Gottschalk

Most county fairs are held in July and early August so they can send their winners of 4-H and FFA competitions to the State Fair in mid-August. But the Clay County Fair isn’t like most county fairs. In fact, it isn’t like any other county fair.

Since it was first held in September 1918, the Clay County Fair has done what people expected. And a lot more. Agricultural exhibits cover 35 acres — more than any other fair in the United States. Entertainment includes performers even state fairs drool over: Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, country singer Leann Rimes, recording artist Chris Young, and the Oakridge Boys will headline this year. A model railroad covering a 100x39-foot area is housed in its own building.

“Everything is always a little over the top,” says Rebecca Peters, fair marketing manager. Giving people more than they expect is a formula for success. The 9-day county fair annually attracts more than 325,000 visitors, many of whom come back year after year to experience a fair that is always “more.”

Visit the Clay County Fair September 8–16. Learn more at — C.B.

Photo courtesy Clay County Fair/© Judy Hemphill, JH Photography, L.L.C.

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