Bringing the Swain County Agricultural Fair to Life!

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The Swain County Agricultural Fair is a great place to spend the day with family and friends, listen to music and maybe even kick up your heels dancing. There are also plenty of opportunities to learn about growing agriculture, livestock shows and food preservation.

The fair provides a place for local crafters and food vendors to display their goods, offer delicious foods and hopefully, make a profit. There are educational booths, antique tractors, and clogging demonstrations. Along with live music, it can be a fun day to mingle and meet new people.

While the public may not see everything that goes on behind the scenes to bring the fair to life, we are busy working to make this event a reality.

The Swain County Agricultural Fair is the result of planning and solid dedication built on a strong foundation and close collaboration between the employees from the Swain County Soil and Water Conservation District, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Swain County, Swain County High FFA, Swain County 4-H, and community volunteers, with support from the Swain County Government staff and administration.

Swain County Ag FairThe planning phase begins with monthly meetings, where ideas are thought up, tossed around, and sometimes thrown out. There are administrative duties, financial budgeting, and marketing responsibilities that are assigned and often reassigned. We work hard to overcome obstacles, brainstorm solutions, and keep pushing forward. We have to make lists, cross out items and start from scratch.

Added to the list of things to do to make the fair happen include scheduling the livestock shows, recruiting fair judges, coordinating the entertainment, collecting vendors and crafters’ applications, ordering ribbons, and making sure we have enough insurance coverage. Renting tents, finding tables and chairs, ordering directional signs, and creating and developing marketing materials and an endless stream of social media posts keep us busy.

Do you want to be a part of this fun and exciting event? What can you do to help? Volunteer. And you might be asking yourself, why would I volunteer? A recent study suggests that participation in voluntary services improves mental and physical health, life satisfaction, self-esteem, happiness, and can lower depressive symptoms.

When asked why we want the fair to be a success, most of the fair committee will respond, “we do it for the kids.” Just seeing the youth’s excitement when they show their animal is enough to motivate anyone.

We invite you to join us at the Swain County Agricultural Fair on Saturday, August 21, 2021, between 10 a.m., and 4 p.m.

If we haven’t told you lately, we appreciate everyone who supports this event to make it a reality. And, if you’re interested in helping out in 2021, you should consider joining this perfectly, imperfect group of people who make things happen. We will make you feel right at home!