- County Library
“The Story of the Great Mount Holly Farm Fair: Burlington County’s Entertainment Showcase – and its Successor, The Burlington County Farm Fair.”
For 70 years (from 1856 until 1926) the Mount Holly Fairgrounds attracted thousands of visitors, including multiple visits from President Woodrow Wilson, and was considered the premier fairgrounds on the East Coast. It boasted of the only two-tiered grandstand in Eastern United States, and showcased the fastest trotters and pacers in the country. When it closed in 1926, it left a 19-year void in the lives of Burlington Countians. Then, immediately after World War II, the agricultural community launched its successor, the Burlington County Farm Fair, which eventually found a home for 53 years on the Village Green in Lumberton. In 2011 the story comes full circle with the creation of new County-owned Fairgrounds in Springfield Township. County Historian Joe Laufer, provides an illustrated journey from the first fair held on the grounds of the Mt. Holly Court House in 1847, to the purchase of the 24 acre fairgrounds in Mt. Holly in 1856 by the county Agricultural Society, through the post-war revival of the fair and its half-century home in Lumberton, to its new 640 acre residence in Springfield. 165 years of history (from 1847 to 2012) come alive through vintage photos, courtesy of the Mount Holly Historical Society, classic vignettes, and unlikely venues described by Burlington County’s official history story teller.
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