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History

Our History

  • First Fair meeting was held July 23, 1964. Mr. Chuck Padrick, Chairman, presented a certified copy of the official charter
  • Charter Members included:
    • John R King, President
    • W. G. Padrick, Vice President
    • Jerry L. Smith, Secretary
    • Hugh C. Whelchel, Treasurer
    • Members included:
    • L.R. Becker, Marguerite Brock, Reuben Carlton, Warren Clausen, Phillip C. Gates, Marcus A. Giger, Walter Hebb, O.R. Minton, JR Peeler, J. Max O'Neill, Edger C.Register, Marjorie Silver Alder, Thomas L. Sloan, John Wetmore, Peter White, Vernon L. Williams
  • The first fair was held in February 25th of 1966. Deggeller Attractions was the first midway operator.
  • First Fair Queen (1969) was Dru Hilson, they wore gingham outfits everyday, this tradition carried on until 1985 when Patricia Hardman was elected Fair Queen.
  • The fair was outgrowing the location located at the airport and purchased 250 acres on Midway Road in 1996.
  • St Lucie County commissioners voted to create a partnership with the Fair Association, construction began in 2001 and in 2003 the fair was presented at its new location.
  • New building sponsors and construction companies, included Peter W. Busch Family Foundation, Sunrise Kiwanis Club, and Tommy Hawkins and Sons.
  • Great growth has taken place ever since and we are very grateful to everyone that makes this fair possible.
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