September 24th, 2011
1pm – 8 pm at the Burton Street Community Center & Grounds
At the turn of the 20th century, agricultural fairs were an annual event in communities across the country. Throughout the South, however, African-Americans could not participate as exhibitors in these events. But in 1913, residents of West Asheville’s Burton Street community, led by the dynamic E.W. Pearson, responded by creating the Western North Carolina and District Colored Agricultural Fair and Farmer’s Jubilee.
Running through 1947, the Fair drew African American farmers and participants from 11 Western North Carolina counties, competing in dozens of categories. The highly popular Fair was attended by thousands annually. In 1940, the Asheville Times noted that “This is one of the biggest such Negro fairs in the Southeast , and always attracts large crowds, both negro and white.”
Now revived by the Burton Street Neighborhood Association, this old-fashioned agricultural fair invites gardeners, cooks, and crafters to compete in a variety of categories. We’re planning an afternoon full of music, craft vendors, local food, and fresh produce!
Interested in being a vendor (local crafts, food, or farm)? click here
For more information call Vivian Conley at 828.707.1691 or Safi Mahaba at 828.301.0166 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org