Friday August 4:
FREE Admission from 8 a.m. - 12 noon
12 noon - 4 pm:
$5 Adults, $3 Kids over 5
After 4 p.m. Friday & all day Saturday:
Always FREE for Kids Age 5 and under
Active Military, EMS, Fire, Police
FREE single admission with I.D. or in uniform
Admission to the Fair includes parking and the special events including:
History of the Mercer County Fair
The Mercer County Fair was organized in 1917 , and was managed by the Fair Association, mainly farmers, with a board of directors, among whom were Meador Bird, Hugh Gooch, Sr., Herbert Barbor, and John M. Bailey. The Fair Association originated with the Farm Bureau in the county.
In the beginning, the Fair was held in different locations in the county. Athens hosted it three times and Princeton four times. In 1923 the Association purchased 10 acres on the Athens-Princeton Road and held the Fair the first time on the Fairground in 1924 .
The Fair Association was dissolved in 1934 and the Mercer County Fair took a hiatus throughout World War II.
In the late 1950’s , the Fair returned to be held in the Glenwood area, and then in Spanishburg where it became the Bluestone Valley Fair and Horse Show. (Adapted from the 1984 Mercer County History book)
In 2007 , the name was changed back to the Mercer County Fair and moved to the PikeView High School campus.
There's an interetsing article found on the West Virginia Archives and History website that indicates the Mercer County Fair actually started in 1924. Click here to read the article.