The roots of the Warren County Farmers' Fair date back to four cold days in 1859, when 6,000 visitors traveled many miles and braved chilly October winds to view farm equipment, produce, animals, and very popular horse races at an event sponsored by the “Farmers’ Mechanics & Manufacturers Association” of Warren County.
Over the years, the Fair was held under various names, on various sites, and never failed to be a great attraction. From 1876 when “Mr. Brugler’s swines were especially fine,” to the turn-of-the century when the crowds at the Belvidere Fair swelled to 18,000 fun-seekers, the Fair carried on its tradition of family entertainment.
In 1937 sponsorship of the Fair was assumed by the Warren County Board of Agriculture, Pomona Grange and the United Milk Producers.
The Fair, true to its roots, offers a wonderful agricultural component with 4H & FFA involvement, animal shows and contest, farm exhibits and more. Over the years additional attractions were added. Today traditional favorites include the Hot Air Balloon Festival, power events in the main arena, the traditional arts expo and the popular kids’ corral.
Today the Fair provides eight days of educational and affordable family entertainment; there is something for all ages and interests.