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We will also be featuring scores of photos, and video footage of all the goings on at The Scott County Indiana Fairgrounds throughout the year.
The Fair began in 1888, when the first event was held just east of North Main Street north of its intersection with Owen Street in Scottsburg.
If was later moved to another site, where Scottsburg's Forest Park Addition is now located. In the 1920's, the County Fair was dropped from the schedule of local events. On August 11, 1949, the Scott County Fair was revived, over 30 years after the last one had been held. This time, its site was Hutton's Park, the present location of the Fairgrounds.
Elmer Hutton had purchased 42 acres of what was described as "...rough, virgin land" bordering on U.S. Highway 31 South a mile of south of Scottsburg in the early 1940's. After clearing some of the property, he built a riding stable called the Hitching Post and started his business of boarding, training, showing and selling horses.
In 1945, Hutton constructed a 1,100 seat grandstand and graded the track. He organized a 17-event horse show that September, which drew several people. At the end of the month, the Hitching Post had undergone a name change and the entire area became known as Hutton's Park.
Hutton and his wife Lucille operated their park with the public's enjoyment in mind. It featured a fairly elaborate judging stand, a concession stand, and a barn for registered quarter horses and palominos. The animals were trained on the premises and then sold.
Midget car races also drew large crowds to Hutton's Park that November, as did more horse shows, rodeos, and big car races over the late 1940s. The 1949 county fair spurred the start of a "Save The County Fair" campaign, which was then supported by the newly-established Scott County Fair Association.
Supporters sold $25 shares, promising that the investments would be repaid if future fairs succeeded financially. Hutton was one of the biggest boosters behind the campaign, but the largest stumbling block the fledgling organization faced was the need to construct more facilities. The Fair Association could not build at Hutton's Park because it was privately owned.
Although fairs were held on a regular basis after that, growth was stymied until 1952. That was the year Hutton deeded his park to the new Scott County Agricultural and Horticultural Association for about $20,000. He continued to promote events on the grounds until his death in 1962.
ALLEN RICHEY - PRESIDENT
TERRY DAVIS - VICE PRESIDENT
TAMMY DAVIS - TREASURER
MIKE MOSIER - SECRETARY