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Message from the Fair Association President


Please allow me the opportunity to welcome you to the 63rd edition of the DeSoto County Fair. The DeSoto County Fair is operated by the DeSoto County Fair Association, which has a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee. This committee includes the President, President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary and handles the numerous functions of the Association.


Our main focus is the Youth of DeSoto County. It should be noted that the DeSoto County Fair Association has no paid employees. Therefore, all funds raised go into maintaining our fairgrounds, producing the yearly fair, and the awarding of $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving DeSoto County High School Graduates.


Our Fair consists of pageants for the young ladies and talent shows for the youth and adults. In the barn, beef, swine, rabbit, poultry and goats are exhibited and judged. Beef and swine are sold at auction to benefit our exhibiting youth. Your support in this area is important, as many of our youth use the proceeds from the sale of their animals to build an educational fund. Sales often exceed $200,000.00 in revenue for our youth. Our exhibit building provides space for the 4-H exhibitors and students to show off their projects and earn awards.


The Fair supports our High School students by allowing them to handle our parking concession. Then we donate the proceeds to them to support their functions.


Recently we initiated a sponsorship program to enhance our ability to continue to support our youth through the scholarships we grant. We hope that in the future sponsorships will fund most of the cost of running the fair, leaving even more of our earnings to be used for scholarships and other means of support to our youth.


We are grateful to our sponsors - Mosaic, Correct Care,  Ryals Cattle Co. Help us say thank you to them by supporting their businesses. We are looking forward to their sponsorship for the 2017 Fair and we need and welcome any new sponsors. In addition to keeping up our commitment to ten scholarships, we need to raise funds for future land acquisition should the Rodeo relocate to the Turner Center. We plan to remain at our present location and would like to purchase the Rodeo property. We need your help to make this happen. We welcome individual as well as corporate sponsors.



Please come often and bring a friend to the 2017 DeSoto County Fair!




Our 2017 County Fair and Livestock Show Dates are January 27 - February 4, 2017.




DeSoto County Fair Association, Inc.
PO Box 970
Arcadia, FL  34265
Dave Williams
(863) 494-5678 or (863) 990-8512


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