On Monday, organizers announced the line up for the 2013 Great Anderson County Fair during a press conference at the Civic Center. The 2013 Great Anderson County Fair will take place from April 30 through May 5 at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Nightly concerts will take place in the William A. Floyd Amphitheater and include the Piedmont Boys & Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Ross Coppley & Randy Houser, Outshyne & Colt Ford, Midnight Special, and Stool Pigeon & 38 Special. Fair-goers will also enjoy a variety of shows including Eudora Farms Exotic Petting Zoo, Sea Lion Splash Show, Rowdy Rooster Puppet Show, Brian Ruth’s “Master of the Chainsaw”, Horses! Horses! Horses!, and the Great James H. Drew Midway.
This year’s fair will bring back an Agricultural component. Organizers have partnered with Clemson Extension, 4-H and the USDA to plan the agriculture future for the Great Anderson County Fair. Plans are underway for themed nights with shows/demonstrations and quick hands-on activities for youth at the Anderson County 4-H and Youth Development Tent. Planned themes include: Rabbit Show/Demonstration, Poultry Show/Embryology, Gardening/4-H Vegetable Gardening Project KickOff, Health Lifestyles/Cooking Contests, Shooting Sports Trailer/Program promotion, and a Dog Show/Demonstration. Letters have been sent to superintendents from all 5 school districts, inviting Kindergarten through 5th grade student classes to Kid’s Activity Day on May 1.
“Recognized as one of three exciting new fairs by the South Carolina Association of Fairs during their 2013 Annual Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, the Great Anderson County Fair has a bright future,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “We are excited that the organizers are working to bring back
Agriculture as a component of the 2013 Fair. Through partnerships with the Clemson Extension, 4-H Programs and the USDA, Anderson County will once again have a Fair that demonstrates our rich agricultural history as well as provides a place for entertainment and fun.”
“We are amazed by how all parties involved came together in 2012 to put on a first class fair for the residents of Anderson County,” said Tod Miller of JRM Management and 2013 SC/GA Fairman of the Year. “It usually takes four to five years to grow an event to this size and level of quality. It was a true partnership between the Drew exposition, Anderson County of Anderson and the friends of the Fair committee to pull off such an event. I expect even greater developments in the future.” Mr. Miller and Jimmy Drew of Drew Exposition made a presentation regarding fair/carnival relationships during the 2012 Georgia/South Carolina Association of Fairs Annual Convention, held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bill Hall, General Manager of Anderson Ford Mazda stated, “As the Presenting Sponsor for the 2012 Great Anderson County Fair, I can say that the organization and experience was wonderful. The Fair allowed us to present our vehicles and our dealership to more than 50,000 people and our business is still reaping the benefits of that a year later. As a group they exceeded my expectations in the placement of our tent and our vehicles to maximize our exposure to the general public. I plan on being a sponsor again this year and for many years to come.”
“We are grateful to Anderson County, Anderson Ford Mazda and our title sponsor, Camping World for their tremendous support of this endeavor,” said Ray Bianco, Chief Organizer of the Great Anderson County Fair. “Fair-goers supported us in 2012 and judging from our website and Facebook pages, we are expecting even more buzz this year. I would invite everyone to come out and support our efforts to grow the Great Anderson County Fair into a unique event that more than meets the expectations of Anderson County residents and visitors.”
Visit www.thegreatandersoncountyfair.com for more information.