Cleveland County Fair 2019 - A Taste of the Fair

CLEVELAND COUNTY FAIR 2019
September 26 - October 06

A Taste of the Fair!

$9 adult admission unless otherwise
specified in discount/special days section

CLEVELAND COUNTY FAIR 2019
September 26 - October 06

$9 adult admission unless otherwise specified
in discount/special days section

A Taste of the Fair

Cleveland County Fair 2019 Schedule

Every day is packed full of exciting and wonderful entertainment, interesting exhibits, and thrilling rides. The Cleveland County Fair is an experience you will always remember!

Click on any of the dates below to view that day's schedule.

ACarolina CAT - Proud Sponsors of your Cleveland County Fair

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
DOLLAR DAY


$5 Admission for all adults. Minimum purchase of a $10 ride sheet.


Chamber of Commerce Breakfast 7:30 a.m.
Gate Hours 3-11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 3-9 p.m.
Midway Hours 4-11 p.m.
Opening Day Ceremony (Weathers Arena) 5:00 p.m.
Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 4:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 4:30, 6 & 8 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 6, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
Miss Cleveland County Fair Pageant (Weathers Arena) 7 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
REGULAR ADMISSION


Gate Hours 3 - 11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 3 - 10 p.m.
Midway Hours 4 - 11 p.m.


Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 4:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 4:30, 6 & 8 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 6, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
ARM BAND DAY/$5 ADMISSION, 9 A.M. - NOON


Gate Hours 9am - 11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Midway Hours 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Academy of Performing Arts (Weathers Arena) 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dance Magic (Weathers Arena) 1 - 3 p.m.
Step N Out Productions (Weathers Arena) 3 - 5 p.m.
Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 9 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 3:30, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) Noon, 2, 4:30 & 9 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 4, 7 & 8 p.m.
Above The Barre Dance Studio (Weathers Arena) 5 - 7 p.m.
Cheertastic Cheerleading (Weathers Arena) 7 - 9 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily
Carolina Carnage Demolition Derby (Grandstand) 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
$5 SUNDAY


Gate Hours 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Non-Denominational Worship Service


(Weathers Arena) 11:00 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours noon - 9 p.m.
Midway Hours noon - 11 p.m.
Elementary Cheerleading (Weathers Arena) 2:00 p.m.
Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 3, 5 & 8 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 2, 3:30,5:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 4, 7 & 9 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
CAR LOAD MONDAY

Entry thru Gate 14 only. Special begins at 3pm and ends 9pm. (armbands can be used until rides close)

Regular prices apply if not participating in Car load special.

Sales for Car Load special will end at 9 p.m.  Free gate admission plusunlimited rides for $50.  Each personmust be in a seat belt.  Maximum of 7 individuals per car.  Regular prices apply if not participating in Car Load special. Cars must enter onto Ferris Wheel Blvd from either Kemper Rd or Fairground Rd.  

Entry from any other gate WILL NOT be allowed to exchange admission cost or ride purchase for the carload price.  Absolutely NO REFUNDS/EXCHANGES will be made!  

Carloads will have designated parking. Passes can only be redeemed at Gate 14.


Gate Hours 3 - 11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 3 - 9 p.m.
Midway Hours 4 - 11 p.m.


Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 4:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 4:30, 6 & 8 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 6, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
Middle School Cheerleading
(Weathers Arena) 7 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
TWELVE BUCK TUESDAY - SENIOR DAY - STUDENT DAY (K - 12)

Gates open for Seniors noon
Gate Hours 3 - 11 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours noon - 9 p.m.
Midway Hours 4 - 11 p.m.
Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 4:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 4:30,6 & 8 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 6, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
High School Cheerleading (Weathers Arena) 7 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
PRESCHOOL KIDS DAY

Gates open for Kids
(special programs for preschool kids) 9 a.m. - noon
Gate Hours 3 - 11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 3 - 9 p.m.
Midway Hours 4 - 11 p.m.

Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 4:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 4:30, 6 & 8 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 6, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
COLLEGE STUDENT DAY - FREE W/CURRENT/VALID ID - STUDENT DAY

Gate Hours 3 - 11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 3 - 9 p.m.
Midway Hours 4 - 11 p.m.

Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 4:30, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 4:30, 6 & 8 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 6, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
REGULAR ADMISSION

Gate Hours 3 - 11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 3 - 10 p.m.
Midway Hours 4 - 11 p.m.

Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 4:30, 7, & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 6:30 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 4:30, 6 & 8 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 6, 7:30 & 9 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
ARM BAND DAY/$5 ADMISSION, 9 A.M. - NOON

Gate Hours 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Midway Hours 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 9 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 3:30, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) noon, 2, 4:30 & 9 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 4, 7 & 8 p.m.
Tammy Arrowood’s Stars of Tomorrow
(Weathers Arena) 4 -6 p.m.
Turn the Beat Dance Studio
(Weathers Arena) 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carolina Carnage Demolition Derby
(Grandstand) 7:30 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
$5 SUNDAY

Gate Hours 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Non-Denominational Worship Service
(Weathers Arena) 11 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Hours noon - 7 p.m.
Midway Hours noon - 9 p.m.

Renee Riddle & The Rambles
(outside Dorton Hall) 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Pirates Of The Colombian Caribbean
(adjacent to Gate 14) 3, 5 & 8 p.m.
Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs
(adjacent to Gate 14) 2, 3:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Jay Mattiola Electrifying Magic
(outside Weathers Arena) 4, 7 & 9 p.m.
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art (behind Goforth Hall) Carving Daily
Ackmonster’s Chainsaw Art Auction (behind Goforth Hall) 4 p.m.

 

Cleveland County Fair 2019 Entertainment

Something for everyone at the Cleveland County Fair 2019!

Reithoffer Shows

Renee Riddle and the Rambles

Every Day Outside Dorton Hall

Jay Mattioli Electrifying Magic

Every Day outside Weathers Arena

Ackmonster's Chainsaw Art

Every Day behind Goforth Hall

Miss Cleveland County Fair Pageant 2019

Thursday 26th @ 7pm (Weathers Arena)

Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean

Every Day near Gate 14

Dance Spectacular

Sat 28th September through the day

Carolina Carnage Demolition Derby

Sat 28th September 8pm (Grandstand)

Non-Denominational Worship Service

Sunday 29th September @ 11am

Local Cheerleading Special Performances

Sunday 29th, Monday 30th, and Tuesday 1st

Dance Spectacular II

Sat 5th October through the day

Carolina Carnage Demolition Derby

Sat 5th October in the Grandstand

Non-Denominational Worship Service

Sunday October 6th

Fair Information & Forms

Premium Book
Please Note: Animals are not allowed inside the fairgrounds. Service animals are of course welcome.

GUEST RELATIONS
An information booth will be located near the Dorton Exhibit Hall (area 5 and 6 on fairgrounds map) and will be maintained during opening hours of the fair. First aid stations, ambulance services and restrooms are conveniently located on the fairgrounds.

ADMISSION TO GROUNDS
Children ages 5 years old and under, senior citizens 65 years and older and individuals in a wheelchair and the person pushing the wheelchair will be admitted free.

PARKING
Free parking is available across the road from our main gate at Cleveland Community College and other parking lots owned/operated by the fair on Kemper Road. Handicapped parking is also available across the road from the main gate.

PATRONS
Patrons are requested to report any discourtesies from any Cleveland County Fair employee to our management located in the fair office (area 5 on fairgrounds map). Also, we welcome any constructive criticism or helpful suggestions toward bettering any part of our fair. If for any reason there is a misunderstanding concerning admission to the gates, passes, etc., please pay the gateman/ticket seller the regular admission requested and bring your receipt directly to the manager’s office (area 5 on the fairgrounds map). This will save you time and avoid any unnecessary blocking of the traffic gates as well.

RELEASE OF COMPETITIVE ENTRIES AND DISPLAYS
All competitive exhibits and displays will be released 2-7 p.m. Monday after the closing of the fair. Any article(s) not picked up within two weeks after the closing of the fair will be considered abandoned and will be disposed of by the fair management.
n All exhibits are under the direct supervision of the directors in charge and are on exhibition as part of the fair’s attractions. It is agreed by the exhibitors in making their entries that they will comply with the rules and regulations of the Cleveland County Fair or forfeit any premiums.

RULES GOVERNING ENTRIES, EXHIBITS AND AWARDS – GENERAL

PREMIUM CHECKS FOR DORTON HALL EXHIBITORS
Premium checks may be picked up by exhibitors during noted times:
6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
6-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
3-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

Exhibits must remain on display until Monday after closing of the fair to avoid forfeiting premium checks.

The following rules and regulations become a part of the contract of each exhibitor, licensee, concessionaire and every other person having contractual relations with the fair.

The management of the Cleveland County Fair reserves the right to rule on all questions not covered by these rules.

In the event of conflict between the general rules and special rules governing any department, special rules will take precedence. Disregard of any rules or misrepresentation by exhibitor or concessionaire forfeits all premiums, rights and privileges without
recourse.

The management will use diligence to insure the safety of livestock and articles entered for exhibit or display after their arrival on the fairgrounds. Under no circumstances, however, will the fair or its management be responsible for any loss, injury, theft or damage by fire, lightning, wind or any other agency, to such livestock or articles on exhibition or display.
Promiscuous advertising is strictly prohibited. Exhibitors may advertise and distribute from their places of exhibit ONLY. Posting of signs on buildings or concessions is prohibited.

No peddling, hawking or selling of any kind will be allowed in the buildings or on the grounds except by special license obtained from the fair manager.

Drunkenness, quarreling or the use of profane or obscene language will not be permitted on the grounds.

The fair will use every possible means to protect property, BUT WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CARS OR PARTS OF CARS OR ARTICLES LEFT IN CARS.
No begging will be permitted on the fairgrounds.

No article or animal will be entitled to space until proper entry is made. After an article has been entered for a premium, it cannot be removed until the time designated for release of that department. If any person removes an article or animal prior to that time, they forfeit all claims to premiums even if same shall have been awarded.

Each department will be under the special charge of its director. The directors will oversee the arrangements of all articles offered for exhibition in their departments, have control of space assigned to them and deliver the articles on presentation of receipt at the close of the fair.

Articles entered under wrong classes may be reclassified at the discretion of the judges and the directors.

ENTRIES

  • Competition is open to counties indicated in rules governing each department. Cleveland County is defined as all residents and those individuals living outside the county who participate in educational programs of N.C. Extension, schools and colleges in Cleveland County.
  • Entries in livestock departments must be made online or on the Cleveland County Fair Entry Form for Livestock and Horses and must be in full compliance with the printed instructions on the form.
  • Exhibitors should study the premium list carefully and when decision has been made as to which class to enter, they should fill out the entry blank with the class number, premium list number and name as they appear in the premium book. Entries may be made online, mailed or delivered in person to the Cleveland County Fair office at 1751 E Marion St., Shelby, NC 28152. No faxed copies will be accepted. No forms will be accepted by IM, Email, Text or Social Media.
  • All livestock on exhibition must be cared for by the exhibitor. All stalls and pens will have a cedar bedding base provided by the Cleveland County Fair.
  • All articles and livestock must be delivered to the grounds. No charge for transportation, express or drayage will be paid by the fair.

EXHIBITS

  • The same article cannot compete for more than one premium except sweepstakes.
  • All entries must be numbered and recorded in the books of the proper department and class. Corresponding tags will be issued, which must be attached to the exhibit before it can be placed on exhibition.
  • No person will be allowed to see the entries or have access to the entry book until after the awards have been made.
  • Exhibitors must see to the delivery of any articles or livestock on the grounds and to the proper care of the latter, as no charge for transportation or drayage will be paid by the fair.
  • All exhibits (except as noted under Entries) must be installed by Tuesday (before the Thursday Fair opening) to receive attention from the awarding judges.
  • Exhibitors may have the use of halls and grounds for any reasonable number of days before opening day. This allows sufficient time without any delays for the arranging and placing of their exhibits.
  • Exhibitors should familiarize themselves with the premium list and regulations.
  • The original entry card must in all cases be attached to the exhibit, except in the case of animals when the cards can be con- spicuously displayed on the stall or pen.
  • Entries made in wrong classes may be reclassified at the re- quest of the judges, provided the reclassification is approved by the director of the department.
  • Where there is only one entry in a class, the judge will deter- mine the proper placing for premium, unless otherwise stated in the department rules.

DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS

Directors are not permitted to employ any help without writ- ten permission from the management. An invoice for all supplies or materials must be obtained at the time of delivery by the department head and approved by them.

Directors will receive all property entered for exhibition and see that tags are securely attached. They will arrange such property in a suitable and attractive manner.

Directors will also see that the property is not removed be- fore time specified under release. They will ensure that tags are matched on property upon removal as a means of preventing fraud and mistakes.

DIRECTORS ARE POSITIVELY FORBIDDEN TO MAKE SUG- GESTION OR INTERFERE WITH THE JUDGING IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER.

Competition is open to Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford counties unless otherwise noted in department headings.

JUDGES

The judges, when ready for duty, shall be furnished a list of all entries in their respective departments and books in which their placements of all exhibits are to be recorded.

Judges are especially instructed not to award premiums to any animal or articles because of its presence. It must be individu- ally worthy. It is not the policy of this fair to encourage indifferent production of any kind or to distribute premiums equally among exhibitors. No premiums shall be awarded to any animal or article that does not possess high intrinsic merit.

The director in charge shall be with the judges when making the examinations in their respective department. When profes- sional workers have assisted clubs, groups or individuals in preparing exhibits for any department, the professional worker shall not accompany the judges while they are judging the exhibits of these clubs, groups or individuals. As the awards are made, the director will attach the ribbon indicating the award.

The decision of the judges will be considered final. No ap- peal will be considered except in the case of protest in writing, with strong evidence of fraud or violation of the rules of the fair, which must be filed with the management of the fair before the premiums have been presented.

Reports must be signed by each judge in his own handwriting. However, judges cannot award premiums to articles not in the regular premium list.

With the agreement of the director, the judges may have wrong entries re-classed.

Judges may award premiums to single exhibits where specifically worthy when authorized by management through the director.

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Discounts and Special Days

Thu Sep 26

Dollar Day inside the Fairground

Admission - $5 admission for adults

We start the Cleveland County Fair with a bang, offering some amazing discounts inside the fairgrounds with our "Dollar Day" promotions!

  • Most concessions will be offering a range of scrumptious fair food favorites for just a dollar each!

  • All rides will be "one ticket rides", and tickets are just a dollar each! (minimum purchase is ten tickets)





Saturdays 28th September and 5th October

Arm Band Day

Ride through the daylight hours for only $20

Admission - $5 9am - noon (full price after noon)

Purchase arm bands for unlimited rides between 10am and 2pm on either Saturday, and you can use these arm bands until 4pm that day!

  • Ride as many times as you like between 10am and 4pm on that day
  • Only $20 per arm band!


Sundays 29th September and 6th October

Arm Band Day

Ride through the daylight hours for only $20

Admission - $5

Purchase arm bands for unlimited rides between noon and 4pm on either Sunday, and you can use these arm bands until 7pm that day!

  • Ride as many times as you like between noon and 7pm on that day
  • Only $20 per arm band!


Monday 30th September

Car Load Monday

Our Popular Promotion is back for it's second year!

Admission & Arm Bands $50 per car (max 7 persons) - CAR LOAD TICKETS BEGIN SALE AT 3PM

Load up your car with up to seven persons and enjoy free admission and unlimited rides all day for all!  This is a really special promotion, designed to keep the cost of a fantastic day at the Cleveland County Fair down to a minimum for everybody. Don't forget all the wonderful entertainment and fantastic fair food too!

  • Free Gate Admission and Unlimited Rides for up to Seven People FOR ONLY $50 PER CAR

  • Admission for this special begins at 3pm ends at 9pm (you can ride until closing)
  • All passengers must be seatbelted in the car, and cars must park in a special designated area off Kemper Road.
  • These tickets cannot be purchased in advance, and are only available for Monday.

Sales for Car Load special will end at 9 p.m.  Free gate admission plus unlimited rides for $50.  Each person must be in a seat belt.  Maximum of 7 individuals per car.  Regular prices apply if not participating in Car Load special. 

Cars must enter onto Ferris Wheel Blvd from either Kemper Rd or Fairground Rd.  

Entry from any other gate WILL NOT be allowed to exchange admission cost or ride purchase for the carload price.  Absolutely NO REFUNDS/EXCHANGES will be made!  

Carloads will have designated parking. Passes can only be redeemed at Gate 14.


Tuesday 1st October

Twelve Buck Tuesday

Ride all day for just $12
Admission - regular price

Purchase arm bands for unlimited rides !

  • Only $12 per arm band!

Student (K-12) Day

Admission - Free for School Students


Senior Day

Gates open at 12 noon foe seniors only to enjoy a special program in the fairgrounds.
Come along and join us for some fun!

 


Wednesday 2nd October

Kids Morning 9am - Noon

FREE PROGRAM Aimed towards preschool, home school, and those with special needs

While the schoolchildren are at school, and the older folks wait until 3pm for the gates to open... 

We invite parents, grandparents, and guardians to bring along their younger children and home schooled children to the Fairgrounds for a special morning of entertainment.

The purpose of the day is to offer a chance for younger folks to really enjoy the thrill of the fair without the crowds of 'larger people' usually at the fairgrounds.  As such this is a perfect opportunity for those who have special challenges to enjoy a wonderful morning out.

Special needs groups, kindergarten and pre-k groups actively encouraged to come along.  

  • Select rides available
  • Entertainment

  • Barnyard

  • Exhibit Hall

Thursday 3rd October

Student (K-12) Day

Admission - Free for School Students

College Student Day

Admission - Free with current & valid student ID 

A Taste of the Fair
Circle K

Ticket Information

 
 
Online Ticket Sales

  • $9 adult admission
  • $3 child admission
  • $20 ride armbands (ONLY AVAILABLE ON CERTAIN DAYS - SEE SCHEDULE FOR INDIVIDUAL DAY DETAILS)

FOR SPECIAL DAY DISCOUNTS DETAILS PLEASE CLICK HERE

95 Years and Counting...
History of the Cleveland County Fair

Click here to download this history (pdf)

It was in 1923 that the Shelby Kiwanis Club first began to dream of a county-wide fair.

They initiated a remarkable fundraising effort that raised $15,000 (about $200,000 in today's money) to establish the Cleveland County Fair, and the first ever fair was held that year, with approximately 70,000 people flocking to see.

The fair immediately established itself as the largest agricultural county fair in North Carolina, and continues to provide the excitement of rides and races, but also has continued the unwavering commitment to bringing the best agricultural practices to Cleveland County.

As Cleveland County Fair legend Dr. JS "Doc" Dorton stated at the very start...

"The purpose of the fair is to provide an opportunity for citizens to display the fruits of their labors, to meet and compare notes on crops, livestock, farm machinery, home development and improvement"

Doc Dorton was among the first officers of the fair, went on to become fair manager for 38 years and the Cleveland County fair remains true to its heritage today.

The formula for a successful fair included the bringing together of farm and city life to showcase agriculture and industry with exhibits and education. Throughout the years, the ingredients have changed, but the formula for a successful fair remains the same.

 

1923

Shelby Kiwanis Club formed the Cleveland County Fair committee with O. Max Gardner - President.

January 8th

1924

Dr. J.S. Dorton named Cleveland County Fair Manager.

October

1924

First Cleveland County Fair featuring Miller Shows on the Midway.

December

1951

Cleveland County Fair exhibit hall burns.

April 7th

1954

"Fat Lady" Betty Singleton Holdridge dies at the fair and is buried in Sunset cemetery.

May

1954

First rodeo at the Cleveland County Fair.

June 18th

1961

J. Sib Dorton, Jr. became second Cleveland County Fair manager.

July

1962

Elbridge J. Withers became third Cleveland County Fair manager.

August

1963

Log cabin brought to fairgrounds.

September

1971

Cleveland County Fair becomes ten day fair.

 

1962

Waterwheel moved from Peeler's Mill in Casar to the Cleveland County Fair.

October

1973

Sam Goforth becomes the fourth Cleveland County Fair manager.

October

1974

Cleveland County Fair celebrates 50th Anniversary.

October

1976

Reithoffer Shows features midway entertainment.

October

1977

Joe Goforth becomes the fifth Cleveland County Fair manager.

October

1979

Six new ticket booths built at the main entrance.

 

1987

New exhibit hall and performing arts stage built along with a new board room.

 

1990

Horse show arena built.

October

1994

Largest attendance numbers recorded at 184,353.

 

1994

Three buildings were named for previous fair managers.

 

 

* Dorton Hall was named for Dr. J.S. Dorton and his son J. Sib Dorton

 

 

* Weathers Arena was named for Elbridge J. Weathers

 

 

* Goforth Building was named for Sam P. Goforth and Joe A. Goforth

 

1994

Cemetery land acquired which allowed carnival expansion.

 

1995

Midway was paved.

September 28th

1996

Wedding for Phillip Smith and Michelle Greene was held at the performing arts stage.

 

1998

New grandstand was built and 7.7 acres of land was purchased on Kemper Road.

 

1999

Roof added to grandstand.

January

2002

Cleveland County Fair wins Best Fair Award by the Association of Agricultural Fairs.

 

2004

50 x 60 amphitheater was constructed adjacent to the Weather's Arena.

December

2004

Joe Goforth resigns after serving as fair manager for 28 years.

January

2005

Bill Edmondson was named the sixth Cleveland County Fair manager.

February

2007

Cleveland County Fair purchases the former Poston Trailer Park for additional parking.

February

2008

Fuchia Allen was named the seventh Cleveland County Fair manager.

December 12th

2008

Former fair manager Joe Goforth passed away at the age of 84.

April 1st

2010

Fuchia Allen resigns as manger of the Cleveland County Fair.

August 2nd

2010

Calvin Hastings is named the eighth Cleveland County Fair manager.

Dec 1 - 3

2010

First ever Christmas at the Fair

March

2011

Christmas Flea & Farmers Market Opened - Tuesdays

April 1st - 3rd

2011

First ever Spring Into the Fair Home and Garden Show event is held at the fairgrounds

August 11th

2011

American Legion World Series - Ronnie Dunn Concert

March 3rd & 4th

2012

First ever Cleveland County Bridal Fair.

April 21st

2012

Racing returns to the fairgrounds. (Legend Cars)

September

2012

The Cleveland County Fair becomes an 11 day fair.

 

Contact us

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Address

1751 East Marion Street
Shelby NC 28152

Phone number


(704) 487-0651