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October 1853 - North Carolina holds its first State Fair
The North Carolina Agricultural Society organizes the first fair as a means to spread constructive agricultural information to the State's rural populations.
July 2, 1862 - Congress passes the Morrill Act
The Morrill Act is a land scrip act, transferring 30,000 acres of public land to several states. This land is designated for colleges to offer coursework in agriculture, mechanic arts, and military tactics.