70 years of family fun

by Matthew Allen

In 1949, the average cost of a new house in the U.S. was $7,450, a gallon of gas was just 17¢, and George Orwell’s novel “1984” was first published. And, in Columbiana, the first Shelby County Fair was organized, a project of the Columbiana Kiwanis Club, then just two years old.

“Kiwanis Clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time,” said Michael Letlow, fair manager for the Shelby County Fair. “The Shelby County Fair is our main fundraiser for the year, allowing us to serve schools all across the county.”

In years past, the fair has provided the club with enough money to donate funds to nearly every school library in Shelby County Schools, local boy and cub scout groups, FFA Clubs, the Key Club at Shelby County High School, and many other organizations.

“This year, we plan on funding all those things again, along with a new project — funding the installation of a sensory room at Columbiana Middle School,” said Letlow. “Organizing a fair is tough work, but giving much needed funds to so many schools and organizations makes it worth every minute.”

The Shelby County Fair is November 4-9 at the Shelby County Exhibition Center, located off Highway 70 at 54 Kelley Lane, Columbiana Al 35051. Admission is $12 per person at the gate and includes unlimited rides. Save $2 per ticket when purchasing online using code BFAFSCF2019. Visit alshelbycountyfair.com for more information and to purchase tickets.


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