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Catalog Number HRHS-170
Collection Rockingham County Fair Collection
Object Name Collection
Scope & Content BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
The first Rockingham County Fair was held at the Linville Ball Park, August 31 - September 3, 1949. Many smaller fairs were held before 1949 at Ed's Park at Rawley Springs, and in Harrisonburg on the Whitesel-Sit lot and at the present location of Memorial Stadium. From 1950-1951, the fair was four days long, from 1952-1963, five days long, and since 1964, the fair has run for six days.
The fair has been held at the present site on US Rt. 11 since 1980. The fairgrounds account for 111 acres of land, a 21,000-square-foot exhibit hall for display of local creative arts, homemaking skills and commercial exhibits. In addition, the grounds include a barn complex with a capacity of 1,100 head of hogs, sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle and goats, a building for horticulture, flowers and farm crop displays, a building for poultry/rabbit exhibits, and food booths run by local civic clubs. There is also a grandstand, which seats 4,000 people, plus another 2,500 at ground level. The barn complex is approximately 85,000 square feet of space under roof. There is parking on the grounds for over 7,000 cars.

SCOPE AND CONTENT:
This collection contains items pertaining to the Rockingham County Fair.

COLLECTION INVENTORY:
Folder 1: Fair brochures from 1982 to 1999
Folder 2: Fair brochures from 2000 to 2012
Folder 3: Fair books, 1922, 1924,1965,
Folder 4: Fair books, 1966,1970, 1998
Folder 5: Food and business brochures, 1984 to 1995
Folder 6: Food and business brochures, 1996 to 2006
Folder 7: Fair passes, 1980 to 1996
Folder 8: Fair passes, 1997 to 2011
OV Folders:
Folder 9:
Posters for Tractor Pulls, 1999, 2006-2009
Poster for National Lawnmower Racing, 2009
Two Posters for Rodeo, 1998
Poster for Lilliana's Performing Leopards, 1994
Poster for Jars of Clay concert, 2000
Poster for Charlie Belknap's Hollywood Stunt Show, 2008
Poster for Fair with General Information, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003,
Rockingham County Fair placemat, 1975
Folder 10:
Schedule of Events, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010
Posters for Motorcross, 2003 - 2009
Posters for Tractor Pull, 2002, 2004
Posters for Food and Business Fair, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996-2004, 2006
Posters for Demolition Derby, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011
Folder 11:
Daily News Record inserts about the fair, 1992 to 2011



Title Rockingham County Fair Collection