This is the 159th annual Gibson County Fair, organized through Legislative Act in 1855, which encouraged every county in Tennessee to hold agricultural fairs each year in the fall. The first fair, called the Gibson County Agricultural & Mechanical Fair, was held October 22-24, 1856, making it the oldest county fair in the American South. There were no buildings, so a tent was used to protect and shelter the homemaking exhibits. The premium list for the first fair included yoke of oxen, barrel of flour, linseed, jeans, and homespun cloth of cotton.
The fair has been held continuously since its beginning, with the exception of the Civil War years, and the first years of reconstruction. In 1869, it started up again and has been held every year since.
The Gibson County Fairgrounds have been located north, east and west of the city of Trenton, and have been at the present south location since 1966.
The Gibson County Fair Association is chartered by the State of Tennessee. The Fair operates under the direction of the officers and directors of the association interested in seeing the fair continue to grow. Any profit derived from the Fair is used for the improvement of the grounds, facilities, and in furthering agriculture and home economics.
The Fair Board appreciates the cooperation and support of the Gibson County Executive and Commissioners, private businesses and volunteers who have helped in numerous ways for the betterment of the Gibson County Fair for the entire county. The Fair belongs to YOU, THE CITIZENS of GIBSON COUNTY.
The Fair Association meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Martha Taylor Building on the Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping in any aspect of the fair, please join us and help support "Your Fair!"