The Hamilton County Fair was originally known as the Carthage Fair. The fair was created by the Hamilton County Agricultural Society and in 1853; the 30-acre site in Carthage became its permanent home. The Hamilton County Fair has been held for over 150 years each year. The only time that the fair was cancelled was in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War. In 1918, the fairground was used as a training ground during World War I.
The Hamilton County Fair is held each year in August and starts off with a parade and opening ceremony. Like most fairs, you will find arts and crafts, farm animals, carnival rides and games, art, food, and shows. The fairgrounds also has several permanent displays like the milking parlor, a petting zoo, the days of yesteryear exhibit featuring old machinery and appliances dating back to the 1800’s and 1900’s and a display from the Hamilton County Park District. The fairground is also used for a variety of events throughout the year.
Hamilton County Fairgrounds
7801 Anthony Wayne Avenue, Carthage