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Grandpa Fair of the South turns 165!
DeKalb County’s annual fair has been postponed due to the pandemic.


As hard as they tried, DeKalb County Fair Board members were unable to hold the week-long, or even a one-day, event in 2020.  But, 2021 planning is well under way, and it’s sure to be a huge celebration as the Grandpa Fair of the South marks its 165 birthday day.

“We’re excited about this year,” said President Matt Boss. “The fair is 165 years old this year, and that is such a great milestone.”

The oldest fair in the South, this grandpa has survived multiple fires, floods and tornadoes. COVID-19 was only a mere setback, as the local fair will open its gates July 12 for a fun-filled week.

As always there will be fun filled activities for all ages, not to mention carnival rides and games on the midway.

Entries for the Sandlin Center Women’s Building will be taken Saturday, July 3, 2021 from 10am-3pm for unperishable items, and the following Saturday, July 10 for perishable items from 10am-3pm. A full list of categories can be found easily by visiting the fair’s website at

Monday night kicks off at the TC McMillen Arena with the all-time favorite demolition derby, while the cow show will be held at the Ag Center. Also, beauties will take to the Lion Pavilion stage vying for the crown and title of Junior Fair Princess, Fairest of the Fair and Miss Fair Queen. Following the pageants will be the first round of the Lip Sync Battle, where a total of $500 will be given to its winner on Friday nights.

At the Lions Pavilion on Tuesday night, will be Little Mister, Little Miss, and Mrs. Fair Queen and Miss Senior Fair Queen pageants. Also at the pavilion prior to the pageants will be the Century Farms Award. If pageants aren’t your thing, be sure to sign up and participate in the always favorite corn-hole tournament.

Wednesday night will feature ATV racing on the hill, a kiddie tractor pull at the barn along with a lamb cook-off at the Ag center. Taking the Lion Pavilion stage will be contestants participating in the Miss Princess and Miss Sweetheart pageants.

Thursday is senior citizen day at the fairground while ATV racing will continue on Thursday night. Babies will be center stage at the Lion Pavilion for the baby show. New this year, following the baby show, youthALIVE led by Josh Issac will perform. The goat show will also be held at the barn.

Toddlers in their finest will take to the stage Friday night, followed by the grand finale of the Lip Sync Battle where a total of $500 will be awarded to the winners.

Even pets are excited about a new event on Saturday night, a pet show, for our four-legged friends. On the hill you will enjoy a super truck and tractor pull, while a gospel singing will take place at the Lions Pavilion.

And everyone’s favorite is the nightly cash drawing which will be held nightly at 9:30.

It’s important to support your county fair as it continues to work hard to bring family fun to the community. Show your support by attending and participating in the festivities.

This year’s fair will be held July 12-17 with the gates opening at 4pm nightly. For more information, event times and ride fees, visit the fair’s website.