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Central Alabama Fair

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Location Selma
Dates October 02, 2018 - October 06, 2018

From Central Alabama Fair Website:

Central Alabama Fair
October 2-6, 2018
Lion's Fair Park, Selma, AL 35701

A fair (archaic: fayre) is a gathering of people to display or trade produce or other goods, to parade or display animals and often to enjoy associated carnival or funfair entertainment. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary; some last only an afternoon. Activities at fairs vary widely. Fairs are also known by many different names around the world, such as agricultural show, fte, county fair, exhibition or state fair, festival, market and show. Children's competitions at an American fair range from breeding small animals to robotics, whilst the organization 4-H has become a traditional association

The Selma Lions Club was organized in 1947 and hosted the first Dallas County Industrial Show on September 13, 1951 at Memorial Stadium. For many years the Premium Book for Agricultural Exhibits bore this statement: "Thru an enabling act passed by the 1969 legislature, the Alabama Department of Agriculture Center Board are co-sponsors of the fairs of Alabama and pay a portion of the premiums, prizes and awards given by Alabama fairs."

The 1st Central Alabama Fair was held in 1956 in a tent at Bloch Park. After a couple of rainy seasons, in 1958, the Lions were able to hold the Central Alabama Fair at the National Guard Armory where it is still held. In 1968, the Lions Club purchased land adjacent to the National Guard Armory. About 1993, the National Guard moved to a new Armory on Highway 80W in Selma. The old Armory property reverted to joint ownership by the city and county. To avoid the upkeep expense and cost of liability insurance, it was put up for bids to be purchased. In August of 1995, the Lions Club was successful in obtaining the old Armory Building. The entire property is currently known as the Lions Fair Park.

The Central Alabama Fair has partnered with Archway Amusements since 1967 to provide the carnival rides at the fair each year. Archway Amusements is a family-owned business and have become like family to the Selma Lions Club members.

The proceeds the Selma Lions Club derive from the Fair are returned to the community in the form of prizes awarded at the Fair, eye examinations and glasses purchased for indigent people of Selma and Dallas County, donations to the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Ranches, United Methodist Children's Home, Dallas County Rescue Squad, eye related operations for indigent people of Selma and Dallas County, and donations to other charitable organizations of Selma and Dallas County.

Your support of the Central Alabama Fair every year contributes to the ability of the Selma Lions Club to continue to hold the fair and to continue to serve the community.
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