Community Fair History
It was a long time ago (in 1926 and 1927) when Elwood Nehouse
won a first and second place ribbon at the Damascus Community Fair.
Since then the Fair had continued until the present day (stopping
only during the years surrounding World War II).
The Damascus Community Fair has been an integral part of the
history of Damascus, especially
since Damascus was an important agricultural center for all of
The Fair was held at Damascus High School until 1989 and was sponsored
by the FFA and FHA. After
Work War II and until 1958, the Fair had exhibitors showing their wares
in such categories as vegetables, poultry, small grain, hay, corn,
silage, seed, clothing, and canned good.
In 1958, the Fair added Dairy and Livestock exhibitors and then
in 1961, the FFA/4-H Beef show and sale.
Shortly thereafter, the Fair again expanded and included
horticulture and flowers. Two
popular events held yearly were introduced respectively in 1970 and 1987
– the Garden Tractor Pull and the Cake Auction.
In 1989, when agricultural courses were no longer being offered at
Damascus High School, the Fair moved its setting to the Damascus
Volunteer Fire Department’s Carnival grounds/activity center on Lewis
Drive. To date, the Fair
continues to receive support by the Volunteer Fire Department.
The Fair is also supported by community volunteers, some serving
on the Board of Directors, by the Damascus Future Farmers Association
and Alumni, the Damascus Livestock Club, and community 4-H clubs.
The Damascus Community Fair continues as a present day reminder of what
Damascus was like many years ago and also allows our community a special
place to learn and have fun in their own backyard.
If you have any photographs at the Fair or stories from the Fair that you could share, please mail a copy to: Fair Historian, C/O The Damascus Community Fair, P.O. Box 531, Damascus, Maryland 20872.
ALWAYS FREE ADMISSIONS !