The Fairmont Farmers Festival is held annually in October and includes a golf tournament, parade, vendor booths, pageant, live music and more. The Chamber of Commerce has approximately 80 individual and business members.
The Town of Fairmont is located in the southern part of Robeson County and has a population of 2,623. Fairmont has several parks including the Fairmont Community Park which provides a walking trail, playground, pavilion for concerts and two picnic shelters. Other parks provide baseball and softball fields. The Hector McLean Public Library is a branch of the Robeson County Public Library system.
Fairmont was originally founded on the site of the Ashpole Institute, a small private academy, and was chartered in 1899 as Union City, then Ashpole in 1901 and lastly as Fairmont in 1907. By the early 1900's, tobacco became king, and by the mid-1950's, Fairmont was considered one of the major tobacco markets in the world. As health concerns have affected the sales of tobacco, many local farmers have turned to other cash crops, mainly corn, soybeans and wheat.
Fairmont is designated a Small-Town Main Street Community by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Community Assistance. Fairmont's Downtown Commercial District is on the National Register of Historic Places. Downtown offers Heritage Park, Memory Lane, and the Fairmont-South Robeson Heritage Center. The Border Belt Farmers Museum is the official Welcome Center for the Town of Fairmont. The museum presents a vivid display of agricultural life which Fairmont has been built on.