Autauga County Fair Discontinued


By Ellis Eskew

A local tradition for the past 45 years in Autauga County is now coming to a close.

The Autauga County Fair will no longer light up the midway.

For many, the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of a county fair are all a part of life.

For 17 year old Austin Johnson, the Autauga County Fair was a yearly tradition.

"It's been around since I was in elementary school. I went to it ever since I got the first little slip in 5th grade...went there every year since," said Johnson.

And he says not having the fair would be a let down.

"It would suck for real because it's a pastime we had around here. It was a good thing to do if you can't afford the one in Montgomery or can't go anywhere, closest place to go," said Johnson.

Bridal boutique consultant Heather Taylor in Prattville feels the same way.

"I remember going as a little girl. I would like for my kids to be able to go. A lot of times it runs and flows together with the state one. Other than that, still think it is an economy booster for this area just to bring in more people," said Taylor.

Mayor Bill Gillespie says the Autagua County Fair brought something to the city that you couldn't get anywhere else.

"I hate to see they won't be coming back. The county fair as they move around they are a part of americana. They actually bring a certain amount of history to some of our residents here that a lot times kids don't pick up in school," said Gillespie.

But he says even though the fair is gone, there may be a way to help bring the community together again.

"We're definitely going to be looking and see what the void does create and see what we can do to help fill it," said Gillespie.

Autauga County Fair officials say dwindling support for the fair was one of the reasons they had to discontinue it.




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