The year 1939 marked what was billed as the fifth Knox County Fair held in Bicknell. The fair at Vincennes was discontinued after 1921, the fairgrounds having been on the site of what is now Gregg Park. It was revived in downtown Bicknell over two days in early October 1935, then in 1936 was staged at the city park. Finally, in 1937, the fair was moved out to Hooper Field, the football field along Indiana 67. That would be its location until the present-day fairgrounds was acquired in 1947.

The fair was held over four days that year, from Wednesday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 12. The midway was set up west of the football field. There was all kinds of special entertainment that year, but the highlight was a show put on by entertainers with the famous WLS National Barn Dance.

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