The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Wicomico Farm & Home Show, will hold the 2016 Wicomico County Fair being held Aug. 19-21 at Winterplace Park.
Celebrating 80 years of fair traditions, there will be something for everyone at the three-day event presented by Gateway Subaru, Pepsi Bottling Ventures and Perdue Farms.
The Wicomico County Fair serves to showcase the importance of agriculture on the Eastern Shore in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The three-day fair events will include livestock showings, educational poultry exhibits, antique tractor pulls, giant fry pan, car shows, live entertainment, competitions, beer garden, rides and amusements, farmers market and more.
“I am very proud to announce that in our very first year we exceeded all expectations in regards to attendance and programming,” Zach Evans, Wicomico County Fair chairman said.
“This year, we will continue in our efforts to highlight the lifestyle and culture here on the Lower Easter Shore,” he said, “as well as showcasing local products and businesses in Wicomico County.”
The Wicomico County Fair will introduce a number of new attractions this year, including a Fireworks Show to kick off the fair on Friday evening, an increased number of local performers on the entertainment stage, the Mason-Dixon Deputies sanctioned mounted shooting competition and the Delmarva Coon Hunters Mule demonstration.
“We are also working very closely with some groups throughout the Tri-County area to bring even more family fun to the fair,” Evans said. “But we will just have to keep that as a surprise for now.”
In 2015, the Wicomico Farm & Home Show and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce joined forces to launch the Wicomico County Fair. The Farm & Home Show was looking to attract a broader audience and add new elements to their 78 year old event, while the SACC was exploring how to continue the tradition of the Delmarva Chicken Festival after its retirement.
Combining elements from both events was the answer that would assist in promoting agriculture in Wicomico County and more specifically, the poultry industry.