The general nature and objective of Florida Gateway Fairgrounds is to further develop education, agriculture, horticulture, livestock as well as other resources of Columbia County. The first Columbia County Fair was held in 1938. There were no fairs held between 1941-1953 due to the outbreak of World War II and its aftermath. Fairs were resumed in 1954 at the urging of Neal Dukes, County Extension Agent. Florida Gateway Fairgrounds contributes to and provides support for the local 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs. In addition, Take Stock in Children, Parents United Together, Kiwanis, Shrine Club, Boys & Girls Club, Senior Services, CHS Band, Dugout Club, Muscular Dystrophy and Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch are supported. Two scholarships are provided annually for local high school students. This non-profit organization hosts annually the Columbia County Fair, Florida Gateway Pro Rodeo, and Tough Enough to Wear Pink. The Fairgrounds complex is used as a staging area by Florida Power and Light and the Forestry Service in times of disaster.