Landon C. Burns was born in 1897 in Virginia. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture Education and later earned an M.S. Degree in Rural Sociology. The man who was often called "Mr. Carroll County" was appointed as the County's Agent with the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service in 1927 and served in the role for 37 years.
After World War II ended, Landon C. Burns predicted that Carroll County farmers would have to make difficult decisions about land utilization, soil maintenance, chemical use and other issues that, "must be dealt with intelligently if we, as farmers, are to survive." Burns reminded farmers that, "We do not really own America...we have only a life's lease and it is our fundamental duty to leave to those generations that follow, a land as good as we inherited."
By the late 1940's, Landon C. Burns had proposed the need of an agriculture center and fair site. Landon was selected in the 1950's with the help of the County Commissioners. Starting with the two pole-barns and a small food stand, and the support from Carroll County residents, the center grew stands today with decades of service to the agricultural community.
Landon C. Burns often said that , "Carroll County is the greatest county, with the greatest people in the greatest nation in
the world." Mr. Burns retired in 1964, and died in 1966 at the age of 69.