Prepare for Fair Fun 2023

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Caldwell County 4-H and the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center encourages youth and families to participate in the 2023 Caldwell Agriculture Fair, which is set for September 27th – 30th.

View of the Caldwell County Agriculture Fair at Night

View of the Caldwell County Agriculture Fair at Night with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.

 Why should anyone care about the fair?

While historically, agriculture fairs existed to bring farmers together, modern fairs are as much about agriculture education as they are about showcasing local food and agriculture. Youth and other community members can participate in the fair in several ways.

flyer for fair 

Youth and adult entries

Youth ages 5-19 can exhibit anything from flowers to photography at the fair. They are able to show off their skills by exhibiting something they made or grew and receive feedback from a judge. Adults can also exhibit at the fair. Non-livestock youth entries will be accepted on Monday, September 25th from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. Entries will be conference judged beginning at 3:30 p.m., and sign-ups for judging will end at 7:00 p.m. – also on the Monday of Fair week. Conference judging will give youth an opportunity to dialogue with the judge and enhance what is learned from the exhibit. It is encouraged but not required.

Adult entries will be accepted on Monday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, September 26, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information regarding booth displays, exhibit entries, and/or volunteering, please contact Mallory Keller at or (828)757-1296.

Entry form for exhibits.

Entries can be picked up Monday, October 2nd, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

pumpkin - champion youth horticulture exhibit at 2019 fair

The youth champion pumpkin from the 2019 Caldwell County Agriculture Fair.

Reserve and Decorate a Booth 

4-H Clubs, non-profit organizations, and other civic groups can reserve a booth at the fair free of charge up until the week before the fair. Commercial booths are available for $125. Contact the fair office at 828-728-7050, or make booth reservations with Mallory Keller at 

Volunteer leaders Janie Rickman, left, and Karla Ford, right, put the finishing touches on the Bear Paws 4-H Club's booth at the agricultural fair in Lenoir in 2021.

Volunteer leaders Janie Rickman, left, and Karla Ford, right, put the finishing touches on the Bear Paws 4-H Club’s booth at the agricultural fair in Lenoir in 2021.

Grow Your Knowledge at the Fair 

Visiting your local fair helps you learn more about agriculture and celebrate your community. The Caldwell Agriculture Fair is not the only fair around. Consider attending the Mountain State Fair or North Carolina State Fair in 2023. 

4-H'ers spotted at the 2021 Caldwell Agriculture Fair

Members of Caldwell County’s Livestock 4-H Club pose at the 2021 Caldwell Agriculture Fair.

Fair Dates 

Caldwell Agriculture Fair: September 27-30, 2023

Mountain State Fair: September 8-17, 2023 

North Carolina State Fair: October 12-22, 2023

To learn more about how youth can participate in 4-H or what is currently offered locally, contact Caldwell County 4-H Agent Gabby Whorley at Families can also view local 4-H information online at

Caldwell County 4-H is a proud member agency of United Way. Gabby Whorley is the 4-H Youth Development Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center, 120 Hospital Ave. NE #1 in Lenoir, provides access to resources of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University through educational programs and publications.