It’s that time of year again for one of Indiana’s Oldest Street Festivals, the Aurora Farmers Fair! This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.” I know that no one is more excited than I am for fair food, but there is so much more to the Farmers Fair than funnel cakes and rides. (Wait, is there??)
The Aurora Farmers Fair started out as an agriculture show for farmers to show off their produce in 1908. 108 years ago, the Farmers Fair was just a bunch of long tables placed along either side of Second Street, from Bridgeway to Judiciary Streets. Horses, wagons, buggies, and a few automobiles all the way from Kentucky and Ohio, as well as Dearborn and its surrounding counties, swarmed that first fair. And the rest is history.
It wasn’t until 1940 that the first building was purchased to house the exhibits. Concession stands and booths eventually replaced the long tables, and the midway expanded. Stages and shows were added to the agenda and the parade became an annual event. In February of 1959, the Aurora Lions Club assumed full sponsorship and management of the fair. Since then, the Lions Club (and countless others!) have worked tirelessly year after year to make the fair what it is today.
The Aurora Public Library and Local History Library at the Depot are located on Second Street, which means that we’re right in the middle of all the fair action. In fact, the Aurora Public Library hosts the King and Queen contestants before the contest every year. The best part is, the Libraries remain open during fair week, so you can come early (And get a good parking spot!) to browse our collections before heading out to the midway, which opens on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.
The Aurora Public Library will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. during September 28-30. The Local History Library at the Depot will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m during September 28-30 as well. Both branches will be closed on Saturday, October 1 to enjoy the Farmers Fair. The Dillsboro Public Library hours will remain the same. For more information about the Aurora Farmers Fair, please visit the website.