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Orangeburg County Fair Main Exhibit Building, Orangeburg County (U.S. Hwy. 21, Orangeburg)
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The Orangeburg County Fair Main Exhibit Building is significant for its association with the Orangeburg County Fair. The building is a one-story, frame exhibition hall and grandstand building constructed in 1911. It was the central element in a complex including a racetrack, chicken exhibition house, stables and other small buildings. The Main Exhibit Building is the only one of these resources that remains intact. The Orangeburg County Fair not only provided recreation for the residents of the area, but encouraged the cultivation of better crops and the growing of better livestock and provided exhibit space for commercial establishments. The building is a one-story, frame hall, roughly rectangular, with an open, brick pier foundation, shiplap siding, and a low-pitched gable covered with standing seam metal. The east elevation includes a frame grandstand, with two ranks of tiered seats flanking a central areaway. Heinrich H. Johannsen, an Orangeburg architect and builder, provided plans for the buildings and structures and served as general contractor. Listed in the National Register September 20, 1985.

View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of Orangeburg, ca. 1850-ca. 1935 includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.

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