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About Fayette County
Fayette County was incorporated in 1824 and was originally included in what is now Lamar County, and stretched all the way to the Mississippi line. During the early years, the town of Fayette went through several transitions and was called several names including Frog Level and Depot Town. It was called Frog Level because it was located on the Sipsey River where many frogs could be heard serenading at sunset. The courthouse was relocated several times. The present courthouse was built in 1911.
Fayette County's population is approximately 18,000 with 87 percent white, 13 percent black and 0.5 percent Hispanic. There are 7 educational outlets in the county and 56.6 percent of the adult population are high school graduates.
Cotton, soybeans and corn are the major agricultural crops in the county. Quarry tile, latex gloves, truckbeds, sewing, hardwood flooring and lumber production are major industries in the county. Tourist attractions in the county include Guthrie Smith Park, an arts and crafts festival, two historic bed and breakfast homes and a historic courthouse.
The Extension Staff in Fayette County includes an Extension Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant, an EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) Agent Assistant, a 4-H Agent Assistant, a Regional Extension Agronimist and a Regional Extension 4-H Agent. There are also eleven other Regional Agents who serve Fayette County with a broad range of subject matter expertise. There are approximately 50 volunteers who help with Extension programs. Some of these popular programs in the county include forestry management, Master Beef Cattle, Master Gardeners, home-based business, breast cancer awareness, NEP and minority forestry field day. There are about 700 youth involved in 4-H.