Wed August 30, 2023

By Shelly B Short

Hempstead County Fair Week kicks off with community coffee
The Hempstead County Fair hosted the Chamber of Commerce community coffee this morning to kick off fair week. Locals, adults, and many children came out to the chamber office to celebrate while snacking on refreshments of all kinds, donuts, cake, dips, crackers, and chips served with sweet lemonade. The tables were fittingly decorated with hay square centerpieces and kiddos in western attire, belts, buckles and braids helped serve tasty morsels to patrons. 


Hempstead County Fair Secretary, Renay May spoke to SWARK.Today about the fair schedule. “Animals will be in place tonight by 6pm. All arts and crafts exhibits have already been judged and tagged with ribbons. The livestock show will start tomorrow night at 6pm, poultry, rabbits, cattle, goats, and pigs will be shown, in that order. The premium sale will be on Friday beginning at 11:30am. We will host a lunch and then an auction will follow for all of our exhibitors,” May said. 


May went on to talk about the community coffee, “The coffee today is for our exhibitors, so they can meet and greet people, to tell them a little about their projects or what they are showing at the Hempstead County Fair this year,” May said. 


Miss Hempstead County Fair Queen, Raeli Putman represented the crown well at the coffee today. She talked about how excited she was to be a part of community events this year and to be more involved with the public. “I am so proud to hold the title of Miss Hempstead County, and I am ready to set an example for all the younger queens, who I love, by helping in any way that I am able” Putman said.


Executive Director of the Hope Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, Christy Burns said, “The Hempstead County Fair is always a big deal here in the South  We have many farmers and growers in our area, and it gives them to chance to show their prized animals. The same for the artists in our community. They get the opportunity to have people see their talent, and all can take their ribbons and move on to compete at the Third District Fair,” Burns said. 


For more information on the 2023 Hempstead County Fair, visit