Photo courtesy of Bobbi Demers, Chair

Fair Manager Jay Spicer (left) and Bobbi Demers (right) Home Arts and Crafts chair, look over the ribbons that will be awarded to Fair entries in the many divisions of the five categories: Creative Arts/Hobbies, Culinary, Fine Arts, Horticulture and Photography.

MARTIN COUNTY - This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Martin County Fair as we know it today. There have been county fairs in Martin County as far back as the early 1900’s, but there has been a fair at the Martin County Fairgrounds every year since 1959.

This year’s Fair, February 8 – 16, is more than just carnival rides and animals to see. This year’s fair offers family-friendly entertainment and education, including a live performance by the top country group Diamond Rio, a “kids’ zone” featuring hand-on activities about foods and farming, the Little Miss and Miss Martin County pageants, and Home Arts and Crafts exhibits.

An entire building at the Fair this year will be dedicated to the five Home Arts and Crafts categories: Creative Arts/Hobbies, Culinary, Fine Arts, Horticulture and Photography. There will also be School Art exhibits, and a place for local craftspeople to display and sell their items.

Everyone over the age of 8 is encouraged to enter items in the various Home Arts and Crafts categories, as there is no cost to show the work, and ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded. Full details about the Fair including times and admissions are on its website,, or call 772-545-2624.

Intake dates for the Creative Arts/Hobbies, Fine Arts and Photography categories is Saturday, January 26, 9-3, and Sunday, 12-3. Perishable Culinary and Horticulture entries are checked in Thursday, February 7. the day before the Fair opens, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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