Going to the Fair!

Summer in the South conjures up a few images—sweet tea on the porch, the local swimming hole and the fair! The Wilson County Fair is the largest county fair in Tennessee and itâ€TMs been in operation for more than 150 years. In the days before radio, TV and the Internet, the county fair was one of rural Americaâ€TMs traditional holidays—everyone went to the fair!

In this day and age, the fair is more about celebrating the men and woman who grow our food and fiber than as a source of information for the local farmer. This yearâ€TMs Wilson County Fair is being held August 18-26 at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon. This yearâ€TMs theme is “Year of the Sunflower,” a nod to the solar eclipse taking place on August 21.

“We expect over 500,000 to attend this yearâ€TMs nine-day event,” says Helen McPeak, executive director of the fair. “We have many new events planned, including the Tennessee Hereford cattle show, a yard art competition, a new high wire act, a community youth rally, mini car derby, a new zoo and camel rides and a cornbread challenge. We hope everyone will make plans to join us this August.”

In addition to carnival rides and musical entertainment, the fair is the place to be to see: chickens, goats, mules and horses, pigs and sheep; tractor pulls; cook-offs; and beauty pageants. There will also be exhibits and competitions, including quilting, canning, baking, fine arts, photography, stained glass, school exhibits and fruits and vegetables. And, letâ€TMs not forget about the food—itâ€TMs all about the burgers, BBQ, cotton candy, fried Twinkies, fried pies and ice cream, fried or otherwise!

For more information visit www.wilsoncountyfair.net .