ABOUT MOULTRIE-DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIR
One of the oldest County fairs in Illinois.
Byrt Gibson, the Father of the Fair, had long thought Arthur ought to host a fair. In 1924, Gibson’s dream came true and the very first Arthur Community Fair was held on October 1 – 4. Arthur had a population of just 1,100 at the time but the community rallied behind the idea buying $5 shares in the new enterprise. The town raised the $4,000 needed, quite a sum for the time, to pay for the attractions and premiums at the very first fair.
Arthur, Illinois sits on the county line between both Moultrie and Douglas counties in East Central Illinois. As such, it was a perfect opportunity to adopt both counties at one time. So, the very next year the fair incorporated to become the Arthur Moultrie-Douglas County Fair and Agricultural Exposition and is still going strong almost 90 years later. This year’s fair will be the 89th Annual exposition. The discrepancy is due to no fairs being held during the Depression years of 1932-33 or World War II 1942 -1945.