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About the Alabama National Fair

Our History

Fairs and agricultural exhibits are an old and honored tradition in Montgomery, dating back to at least 1854, 100 years before the present Alabama National Fair was established. The pre-Civil War fair was sponsored annually by the Alabama State Agricultural Society, on grounds “beautifully located upon the banks of the noble Alabama River, occupying a large, level, grassy plain, to the north of the city, ”as described in an 1858 issue of Harper’s Weekly.

That fair and its successors declined during times of war and economic troubles, and by 1930, fairs and agricultural exhibits had disappeared from Central Alabama.

The idea for a new exposition came in 1954, when the brother of a Montgomery Kiwanian looked at the busy construction site of Garrett Coliseum and said, “You know, you really ought to have a fair here.”

Within a few months, Montgomery Kiwanians had traveled to Macon to get a first-hand view of fair operations and had established the South Alabama Fair Association Inc., with a slender budget of $500 borrowed from the Kiwanis Club treasury. Kiwanians were motivated to make their venture a success, many had pledged personal funds to cover any losses from a failed fair venture. Their combined energies and talents resulted in a net profit more than $20,000 that crucial first year, and the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery was well on its way to becoming synonymous with a festive October celebration that returns year-round benefits to the community.

Some recipients of Kiwanis Club contributions funded by the Fair include: Boys and Girls Clubs, Brantwood Children’s Home, Camp ASCCA, Children’s Harbor, Cleveland Avenue YMCA, Inspector Detector, Landmarks Foundation, Montgomery Area Council on Aging,  Montgomery Area Food Bank, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Montgomery Public Schools‘ Reading is Fundamental, Girl Scouts, Group Homes for Children, and Father Walter’s Resurrection Catholic Mission.

As the Fair has grown, its name has changed to reflect its increased size. In 1969, the South Alabama Fair became the South Alabama State Fair.  In 1997, in recognition of the fact that many fair participants visit from out-of-state, the name became the Alabama National Fair.

The Fair remains an independent, self-sustaining, non-profit corporation, and is not an agency of the State of Alabama. While the Fair Association receives some support in the payment of prize money from state and county participation, the Fair Association provides most of the money that is paid out in prizes, and operates independently of the State and any other fair.

Virtually all members of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery utilize their abilities and time in support of Fair activities. Business people serve on committees; lawyers, architects, and engineers lend their professional skills, and most Kiwanians come to the fairgrounds and actively work as admission ticket takers on the gates and on a myriad of other essential committees. The spouses of Kiwanians also donate hundreds of volunteer hours each year.

The purposes of the Fair have not changed since its operation began: namely, to put on an educational fair directed to the uplifting and building of youth; to promote Alabama industry, agriculture, and livestock; to encourage artistic and cultural pursuits among citizens of all ages, and to give everyone, at least once a year, an opportunity to have a great time at the Fair.

General Managers

Mr. Randy Stephenson, 2007 — Present

Mr. Bill Lynn (deceased), 1954 – 1982
Ms. Hazel Ashmore, 1983 – 2003
Mr. Russell Melton, 2004 – 2006


Mr. Scott Williams — Present

Mr. Graves, 1955
George Preiss, (deceased), 1956
A. B. Covey, 1957
George E. von Gal, Jr., (deceased), 1958
W. Lyle Hinds, (deceased), 1959
Ben R. Heninger, (deceased), 1960
William F. Thetford, (deceased), 1961
J. T. Nolen, Jr., (deceased), 1962
Karl E. Albrecht, (deceased), 1963
Charles W. Summerour, (deceased), 1964
L. C. Henley, (deceased), 1965
William A. Kent (deceased), 1966
N. J. Bell, III, (deceased), 1967
W. B. Patterson, III, (deceased), 1968
John M. Ashley, Jr., (deceased), 1969
Charles M. Thompson, 1970
Robert W. Grant, 1971
Robert W. Miller, (deceased), 1972
John Walter Stowers, 1973
James G. Pruett, Jr., 1974
Truxton Northcutt, (deceased), 1975
Earl E. Jackson, Jr., (deceased), 1976
James W. Bailey, 1977
Thomas P. McCabe, (deceased), 1978
Jack Rainer, Sr., 1979
Thomas C. Nolan, (deceased), 1980
William L. Noll, Jr., (deceased), 1981
David H. Smith, (deceased), 1982
Jack D. Jackson, Jr., (deceased), 1983
Thomas K. Albrecht, 1984
Charles C. Hubbard, 1985
Drayton N. Hamilton, (deceased), 1986
Jack Rainer, Jr., 1987
Wayland Nobles, (deceased), 1988
James A. Andrews, 1989
Charles R. McDevitt, 1990
George A. Garzon, 1991
Todd Strange, 1992
John W. Davis, (deceased), 1993
Lynn A. Gowan, (deceased), 1994
John W. Evans, Jr., 1995
James H. Farrior, Jr., 1996
H. E. Cauthen, (deceased), Jr., 1997
Charles A. Harris, III, 1998
Richard H. Dorrough, (deceased), 1999
John H. Wilkerson, Jr., 2000
Shapard D. Ashley, 2001
Paul E. Flagg, (deceased), 2002
Russell S. Dunman, 2003
John P. Galassini, Jr., 2004
W. Ronald Drinkard, 2005
Timothy N. McInnis, 2006
Reese McKinney, 2007
Eugene C. Crane, 2008
Arthur D. Baylor, 2009
Ann Collister, 2010
E. Fred Woolard, (deseased), 2011
Edward G. Reifenberg, 2012
Robert H. McGaughey, 2013
John L. Baker, 2014
Les Massey, 2015
Daniel Stallings, III, 2016
Keith Norman, 2017
Shawn Cole, 2018
Huey D. Thornton, 2019
Todd Mote, 2020
Seth Gowan, 2021