History of the Westport Fair
The Westport Fair was established in 1955, under the leadership of Thomas McGarr (Voc-Ag Instructor) and Harold S. Wood (Principal), along with the support of the Westport High School Committee. The purpose of the fair was to promote agriculture in the town, and to show projects that the vocational students had completed. As time went on, it became the social event of the summer with many people looking forward to its arrival each year.
In 1984, we purchased land on Pine Hill Road that became the new home of the Westport Fair.
In 2000, after nine years of negotiation, the Westport Fair purchased the 50 foot roadway between the fairgrounds and the north parking lot as well as a house lot in the northeast corner of the north parking lot. This additional land combined to make a total of 20 acres and will allow for a modest expansion of the fairgrounds for exhibitors.
The former Central Village Post Office building was moved and placed on a foundation in the fairgrounds. We plan to use the space inside the old post office to display antique farm items, old fair posters, programs, and other fair memorabilia.
For 2003, the west fence was extended to create a new space for the carnival.
The Fair Committee takes pride in carrying on the traditions and continues to promote agriculture in the town of Westport. This year our goal was to complete the water tower project. The generous donations received in memory of Agnes Potter should allow the completion of this project. A dedication of the tower will be planned to honor in memoriam Agnes and Alston Potter, Jr.
This year marks the 62nd annual summer fair. There will be live entertainment, a carnival, craft building, great food, tractor pulls, and much, much more. Check the fair schedule for more details.
WATER TOWER RESTORATION PROJECT
Our water tower restoration project is finished. It is with gratitude this project was undertaken by the help of many. We would be remiss if the following were not mentioned: the donations made to the restoration project in memory of Agnes Potter, the lettering art work and painting by Bob Perry, the art work of cow and calf drawn by Jack Tripp and the painting of the art work by Jack and his father, Steve Tripp.
Thank you all for making this project a success!