History Of The Clay County Fair

From the covers of the fair books to the earliest known photos of the original grounds, they show the splendour of these grounds with its grand stands, to the track for harness racing, and the conversion to a baseball field. The cover of the 1912 program proudly states this is the seventh annual fair giving us the date of 1905 as that of the first fair.

The fair was held at the Moss fairground, behind the current location of the Moss Post Office, for a number of years, with the last one being in 1976. During some of the years when there was no county fair, the Clay County Extension Service, Clay County School System and the Clay County Commission sponsored a Youth Fair. It was held during the 1980’s and maybe before. This was a good outlet for our youth to display their talents without a county fair.

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