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Historical society publication features history of Coffee County Fair

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

Coffee County Historical Society’s latest publication, the Coffee Chronicle, features a history of the Coffee County Fair, one of the oldest county fairs in Tennessee.

It has been held annually (except during wartimes) since 1857 (before the Civil War).

After combing through numerous old fair programs, scrapbooks and minutes of the Fair Association, and researching other sources for facts and photographs, The society has put together this history that reveals the years of effort and hard work put forth by interested and devoted citizens in sponsoring and managing the fair’s activities.

The book also includes many photographs and a listing of fair officials through the years.  For a period of time after the Civil War, street fairs were held in downtown Manchester and in Tullahoma, but in 1915, the county fair returned to the fairgrounds, the location of which has moved several times.

The 84-page book, containing many details and interesting photographs, is available for $15 at the Coffee County Historical Society located in the historic courthouse on the square in Manchester.  The office is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:a.m. to 1 p.m.

A copy of the book can be mailed by contacting the Society at 728-0145 or   A $3.50 shipping fee should be included in the order.