Beginning in 1899, the Barton County Fair has been part of our heritage, promoting agriculture, community pride, and competitive exhibits. The fair has been in several locations around the county over the years; located on Frey Street, at the location of the current Brits Spaugh Park, the roundhouse in Hoisington and for a 4-H
only fair from the 50’s to 1991 between Great Bend and Hoisington. In 1992 the 1st newly organized
Barton County Fair was held at the Expo Complex in Great Bend.
The fair has won 34 awards from the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE) for themes throughout the fair and events offered.
The Barton County Fair Association is dedicated to the enhancement of agriculture and the Youth of Barton County and the surrounding area, while providing opportunities for all people to gain a sense of pride in their community. The Barton County Fair Association will provide the best possible entertainment, educational activities and competitive exhibits for the enjoyment of all individuals.
To provide a series of activities for the community to come together and to participate actively in a variety of ways. Support for our youth who are pursuing their interests directly and indirectly, not only during the fair but also year round.
To develop a broad base of community support through volunteerism and financial underwriting. Provide a way for the community to become aware of it’s own potential as a whole, thereby developing pride and resourcefulness.
To attract people from outside the community to come to Barton County and enjoy the fair, thus enhancing the image of the community and establish the Barton County Fair Board members as a viable, essential part of the community.