It All Started as a DREAM! In the early 1970s, a number of community leaders got together with Jesse Godbold, Clay County Agricultural Agent, and determined that the county’s agricultural identity and heritage were worthy of being showcased for the citizens of Clay County, especially its youth.
Their dream began to take shape in 1972 when 28 acres of land for the Clay County Agriculture Center was purchased by Clay County through a sizable donation by the Paul E. Reinhold family. The improvements were started by the county in 1973 with the construction of an arena, concession stand and restrooms. In 1976, through the work of Clay County Agricultural Extension Director “County Agent” Jesse Godbold, a grant was received from the federal government for construction of the Agricultural Extension Office complex.
A group of interested citizens got together, along with many community leaders and formed the Clay County Fair Association in the late 70s. They named Sam Saunders as president.
Each spring the Clay County Agricultural Fair is at hand and is put on by well over 900+ volunteers generating attendance of 100,000+ over its ten day run. Recent fairs include 200+ vendors and stretch over 65 acres at the “Paul E. Reinhold Agricultural Fairgrounds” west of Green Cove Springs.
Every fair in the state of Florida must follow certain guidelines from the state. In 2003 The Clay County Agricultural Fair was awarded the “Champion County Fair” in the State and continues to receive the Blue Ribbon recognition for the Florida Federation of Fairs each year since 2003. The federation's Blue Ribbon Fair Improvement Program is designed to highlight improvements the fairs have made, award excellence in different programs, and promote the exchange of information and knowledge between fairs. The continuing tribute to Clay County’s agricultural identity remains alive thanks to those forward thinking community leaders of over two decades ago, and is showcased each spring at the annual “Clay County Agricultural Fair . . . A Family A * Fair”
The Fun Runs From April 2 - 11, 2020
Thursday April 2
Thursday April 2nd
$2.00 Gate Admission Fair: 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday April 8th
$5.00 admission with canned goods (only good 4-8 PM)/ Fair: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM