Fair History and Board Members

Our History

The Bay County Fair Association was incorporated as a not for profit corporation in 1945. The early annual Bay County Florida fairs were held at various locations in Bay County. The early Fairs were well attended drawing as much as two to three thousand visitors. As time passed and the Fair began to draw larger and larger crowds the Bay County Fair Association began an effort to acquire a permanent home better known now as our Fairgrounds located at 2230 East 15th Street Panama City, FL. 32412.

By 1998, Fair attendance had grown to more than 40,000 attendees. The Bay County Fair offers much more than just entertainment. We offer a look at the history and heritage of this area as well as educational tips in such things as agriculture, homemaking, arts and crafts, cooking and canning, farming, horticulture, animal care, and farmers market.

The Fairground is also the meeting location for the American Legion, W.C. Cooper, SR. Post #66 DAV Chapter 17.

Please take this opportunity to share our new Website and Facebook page with your friends. It’s a good way to help us all stay connected. If you need to contact our Fairgrounds Manager please do so by calling 850-258-2585.

Our Board of Directors

2022 Officers and Board Members

Jim Hixson – President

Herb Strange – Vice President

Henry Goines – Treasurer/Secretary

Paul “Tony” Vincent – Board Member / Fair Manager

George Heaton – Board Member

Robert Turner – Board Member

Johnnie B. Wilson – Board Member

Gene Peoples – Board Member

Matt Cooper – Board Member