Wilson County Fair Blooms at the IAFE Awards

Wilson County Fair Blooms at the IAFE Awards

2018 proved to be an outstanding year for our Wilson County Fair as attendance increased as well as the number of awards received from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).  1,624 entries were judged by industry professionals. The awards were presented during the annual IAFE Convention held in San Antonio, Texas in November. Winners were selected from the membership of the IAFE which has over 1,800 members from around the globe. Wilson County received a total of 23 awards in four categories, including Agriculture Awards, Competitive Awards, Communications Awards and Sponsorship Awards.

Agriculture Awards –

1st place – Agriculture Exhibitor Events, Awards, Participation Incentives or Retention Program – Hale Moss Scholarship Program

1st place – Technique/procedure/policy developed by Fair Management to correct an issue or challenge related to an agriculture program – Entice Fairgoers to Livestock Campus Focusing on Live Births

2nd place – Agriculture Area Beautification – Sunflower Bed at Fair Entrance

3rd place – Agriculture Communications – Using postcards, website, social media and public announcements to promote Agriculture Programs to Exhibitors

3rd place – Any other agriculture program/exhibit – “Be a Farmer” Activity in The Patch

3rd place – New or Unique Animal Competition (Class or Division) – Tennessee Hereford Association State Show

Competitive Awards

1st place – Use of Theme Throughout Multiple Divisions of Competitive Exhibits – Celebrating “Year of Milk” and mAGic Memories

2nd place – Competitive Exhibits New Display Method and/or Prop – New Best of Show Display Case

2nd place – Participatory Contest – Cow Calling and Mooing Contest in The Patch

2nd place – Special Contest – Flower Power Challenge

2nd place – New Contest to Attract New Competitive Exhibitors – Sampler Quilt Block Competition

2nd place – General Display Photo Series (Non-Animal) – “Be a Farmer Activity” in The Patch

3rd place – New Method to Attract new Competitive Exhibitors – New Website

3rd place – Off Season Non-Animal Contest – Kidz Kamp in Fiddlers Grove Historical Village

3rd place – Singe Photo of a General Display (Non-Animal) – Metal Milk Carton at Fair Entrance

3rd place – New Single Class of Non-Animal Competitive Exhibits – Plate of 3 Jalapeno Peppers

3rd place – New Division of Non-Animal Competitive Exhibits – Fair Gardens

3rd place – Create It On the Spot Contest – Cow Milking Contest in The Patch

 Communication Awards –

3rd place – Commemorative Poster

3rd place – Cow Cling-on Decal

3rd place – Promotional Event – What’s Up Wilco? On Hometown USA stage

3rd place – Mobile App

 Sponsorship Awards

2nd place – Sponsorship Innovation – Partner with Fairlife Milk to celebrate the “Year of Milk”

New Carnival for the 2018 Wilson County Fair!

LEBANON, TENN – We are excited to announce that Reithoffer Shows will be our carnival ride provider this year.  Reithoffer is the oldest traveling carnival company and only five generational family owned and operated show, which has the largest, most modern inventory and unique one of a kind rides in America.  They have been in business since 1896.  This is their first time in TN.  The midway will be larger with an expanded Kiddie Land area and more spectacular rides.  Reithoffer Shows is regarded as one of the top carnivals to have spectacular rides. There will more than 50 rides including two roller coasters and the Euro Slide just arriving from Italy this year, which is a brand-new ride, 65-foot-tall and seven lanes of fun.  It is the largest portable slide in the United States and will only be featured at four fairs in 2018 – Lebanon, TN; Albuquerque, NM; Perry, GA; and Dothan, AL.


Visit the Wilson County Fair website for a list of ALL the rides!



Reithoffer Shows will be bringing 23 Kiddie Rides, 18 Major Rides, and 14 Spectacular Rides with 9 being Super Spectacular Rides.


You can visit the Wilson County Fair website at wilsoncountyfair.net for more information and discounts that will be offered all 9 days of the Fair, August 17-25.


You can also purchase the Mega Ticket for $25 good for admission to the Fair and a ride armband, which will be good any of the 9 days of the Fair.  These tickets are offered for a limited time and will not be available during the Fair.


The Euro Slide is a separate ticketed ride for $5 and can be purchased on the website or during the Fair. This ride is not included with the armband rides.