History of the Madison County Fair

This page is under construction for now but when it is complete it will

contain a written history of the Madison County Fair and Horse Show. 

Please check back in the weeks to come.  


The Madison County Fair and Horse Show began as the Madison County Horse Show back in 1943.

The event was initially held at the Eastern State College now known as Eastern Kentucky University.

The Fair eventually purchased a lot on the corner of Highway 52 and the Eastern By-Pass. Many

fairs and events were held there until part of the grounds were purchased to build the Robert R.

Martin By-Pass. The remaining portion of the lot was sold and the current fairgrounds location was

purchased.  Below are some pictures of early programs and various other pictures. 


The current fair grounds when it was bought.


Construction of the Embry Curry Arena