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Bates Ford Sponsors the Oak Ridge Boys Concert

Bates Ford Sponsors Return of the Oak Ridge Boys Concert

The Wilson County Fair announced today that Bates Ford of Lebanon will bring back the Oak Ridge Boys Concert for the second year on August 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Jimmy Comer, Vice President of the Wilson County Fair stated last year’s concert was our largest concert in our history. We can never thank Tony Bates enough for this wonderful sponsorship of the concerts. Tony has taken our fair to another level with the concerts that Bates Ford has sponsored for many years.

Fairgoers are welcome to attend these great concerts for the price of their fair admission because of the Bates Ford generosity.

For more information visit wilsoncountyfair.net

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Wilson County Fair Announces Theme for 2017!

Wilson County Fair Announces Theme for the 2017 Fair!

Here Comes the Fun!

Make your plans, because you do not want to miss all of the fun that is being planned August 18-26.

We appreciate the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers for being our title sponsor and all they contribute to the success of the Wilson County Fair.

There are nine days full of family fun, carnival rides and entertainment.

The Fair chooses a different agriculture commodity each year to give the Fair an extra way to promote agriculture and educate the fair going public about the importance of agriculture and farming. This year we focus on the “Year of the Sunflower.” All of the Fair’s exhibits and activities are to showcase the best of Wilson County and to remind us who is responsible for supplying food and clothing in the stores that we provide our families every day.

We are excited to have the new Wilson County Expo Center this year to use for all the many pageants; God & Country Celebration; exhibits including, quilting, caning, baking, fine arts, photography, stained glass, school exhibits, and fruits & vegetables. We know everyone will want to see this wonderful addition and know they will enjoy the climate control and restroom facilities it provides.

We appreciate Bates Ford presenting our concert series again this year. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform in concert, Monday evening, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Jason Crabb will perform in concert Tuesday evening, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are included with the price of admission to the Fair.

Once in a lifetime event will occur Monday, August 21 when the solar eclipse will take place at 1:28 p.m. 10,000 solar eclipse glasses will be provided at the admission gates as long as the supply lasts. The Fair will open gates at 10:00 a.m. with carnival rides operating, fair food and exhibits open. The carnival will be offering the “Best Seats in the House” for anyone that would like to ride the Ferris Wheel during the solar eclipse. Interested individuals must sign up with your mobile number to receive the winning call. Solar eclipse will start around 11:59 with the totality at 1:28. An MC will direct the activities and information about the eclipse, directing everyone when it will be safe to take off your glasses.

Great Give Away sponsors are being sought for tickets to be distributed at the sponsors place of business for a lucky winner to pick from one of seven choices of either a car, truck, or tractor on Tuesday evening, August 22. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please call 615-443-2626.

Lebanon Publishing is selling ads for the Fair catalog. If you are interested, please call Cathy Wair, 615-444-3952, ext. 22.

For more information visit the Fair website www.wilsoncountyfair.net or call 615-443-2626.

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Christmas Magic Drive Through

The 2016 Festival of Lights will open at the James E. Ward Ag Center at 5:00 p.m. on November 25th with over 500,000 lights covering the Ag Center and the Historic Fiddlers Grove Village.  The annual event has many new additions and you will enter through the Main Gate of the James E. Ward Ag Center in front of the new Convention Center.  As you drive through the village you will experience a visit with Santa and the 50+ historic buildings will come to life in a grand fashion as you experience the Christmas Season. 

The Festival of Lights will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through December.  The price is $10.00 per car and $25.00 per small bus.  The Festival of Lights is located at 945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tennessee.  For more information call 615-443-2626.

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Let's Celebrate Christmas

Festival of Lights

 Fiddlers Grove Historical Village
James E. Ward Agricultural Center
945 East Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087

This year the holiday lights display is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning November 26 and ending December 31, 2016.  Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car, turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow.  The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  Admission is $10 per car.  Buses will be $25.

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Fun times Friday afternoon

Fun times Friday afternoon

Blog Cover - Crowds begin to arrive on the Midway shortly after opening Friday.

Fun Times On Friday At The Fair 

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100-year-old+ farms noted

100-year-old+ farms noted

A luncheon was held Thursday at the fairgrounds honoring recently certified Century Farms in Wilson County. Above: The Denney Farm in the Major com-munity was founded in 1900.

Century Farm Celebrations at The Wilson County Fair

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Honoring our Wilson County Farmers at the Fair

Honoring our Wilson County Farmers at the Fair

Farmers were honored at a breakfast Wednesday morning on the fairgrounds, with Ms. Senior TN Wilson County 2016 Jeanette Elrod singing the National Anthem and Carol McDonald, Assistant Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture speaking at the Farmers Appreciation Breakfast. McDonald’s speech focused on the evolving role of women on the farm.

Photo by Peggy Clemons - From the Fiddlers Note - Thursday August 25th, 2016 Edition - Published Lounita Howard

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The Oaks do it!

The Oaks do it!

The Oak Ridge Boys Tuesday night concert at the Wilson County Fair was one of the most anticipated entertainment events this year. A huge crowd turned out to hear the legendary four-part harmony quartet perform their decades of hits - and they didn’t disappoint. Above:  from left are lead singer Duane Allen, tenor Joe Bonsall, baritone William Lee Golden and bass singer Richard Sterban. They are backed by the “Mighty” Oaks Band.

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Fairest of the Fair

Fairest of the Fair

The Wilson County Fairest of the Fair Pageant was held Monday Night. From left to right above: Miss Congeniality 2016 Ga-brielle Vanatta, daughter of Valerie and Chip Vanatta, Watertown; First Runner Up Betty Kelly, daughter of Linda and Scott Kelly, Mt. Juliet; 2016 Fairest of the Fair Abigail Grace Durbin, daughter of Julie and Jim Durbin, Lebanon; and Sec-ond Runner Up,Abby Elkins, daughter of Angie Sellars Elkins, Mt. Juliet.

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Entertaining all ages

Entertaining all ages

Top Cover: little ones enjoy playing in the “Puffy Stuff ” filled swimming pool at the AgVenture Barn. Puffy Stuff is a biodegrad-able packing peanut made in Lebanon at Edwards Feeds.

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Year of The Watermelon

Year of The Watermelon

Contests are being held daily in celebration of the Year of the Watermelon as the Agricultural Commodity at the Wilson County Fair. The “Watermelon Patch” competition tent is located between the General Store and Town Hall in Fiddlers Grove. Left: Guy Walenga won the adult competi-tion in watermelon carving on Saturday - Photographer - Nikki Hailey

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Welcome To the Midway!

Welcome To the Midway!

Amusements of America has endless fun awaiting you on the midway, as these folks discovered on opening night. In the cover photo: expressions are priceless! This family is having a great time on the Crazy Mouse ride (above):

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2016 Wilson County Fair

2016 Wilson County Fair

Mark your calendars for August 19-27.

Wilson County Fair announces the 2016 theme - “We Want YOU at the 2016 Wilson County Fair!” - Celebrating “Year of the Watermelon”

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Festival of Lights

The James E. Ward Agricultural Center, Wilson County Promotions and Fiddlers Grove Historical Village are getting ready for Christmas Festival of Lights!  We hope everyone will bring a car load and enjoy the thousands of lights and make memories with family and friends.  The light exhibits are coming along and everyone is working hard to be ready to open on Friday, November 27. 

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Off Road Provides Crowd Thrills

Off Road Provides Crowd Thrills

A competitor in the Off Road action Thursday evening churns up mud as he takes on obstacles. Attendance Thursday night at the Wilson County Fair was 40,797, a new record for the day.

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Concert Brings Nostalgia of over 4 Decades of Music

Concert Brings Nostalgia of over 4 Decades of Music

The Four Tops drew from a Wilson County Fair Thursday night record crowd for their concert in the Exhibition Center. The Four Tops repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, hard rock, and showtunes.

Article from today's Fiddlers Note - Published daily by the Lebanon Democrat
Photo by Randall Coe

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John Deere choice of Great Give-A-Way winner

John Deere choice of Great Give-A-Way winner

Tom Hoffman held the winning ticket for Tuesday’s drawing for a vehicle – the first ticket out of the barrel!

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Daredevil show thrills crowds high above the Fair

Daredevil show thrills crowds high above the Fair

The Galaxy Girl thrills crowds with her high wire act located next to the Fiddlers Grove pavilion.

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Craftspeople keep lost arts alive

Craftspeople keep lost arts alive

This craftsman fits right in with the period feel of Fiddlers Grove Pioneer Village where he demonstrates the making of nylon whips.

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Up, up and away we go!

Up, up and away we go!

Hot Air Balloon rides were a popular Saturday attraction at the Fair and were sponsored by Middle TN Electric Membership Corp. and Touchstone Energy.

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Ah, nothing like country living!

Ah, nothing like country living!

Getting into the spirit of the 2015 Wilson County Fair theme, “Cedars, Oaks & Country Folks”, the team at Wilson Farmers Co-op created a booth that reflects all three elements:

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Whimsical interpretation of the Fair theme

Whimsical interpretation  of the Fair theme

A whimsical scene of stuffed animals gathered at an oak tree house welcomes fairgoers to the Child Advocacy Center booth. 

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Shutterbugs Shine At The Wilson County Fair

Shutterbugs Shine At The Wilson County Fair

Shutterbugs shine at the Wilson County Fair Daughter and Mother show off their entry in the Photography Contest.

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Preemie Quilts Go to A Good Cause

Preemie Quilts Go to A Good Cause

Preemie quilts go to a good cause 121 Preemie Quilts were entered into the 2015 Preemie Quilt Competition. All of these quilts will be donated to the hospitals for their Neonatal Intensive Care Units after the Fair. Accepting the entries are Emma Jean Tomlinson (left) and Virginia Jordan (right).

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Sawyer Brown Playing At The Wilson County Fair

Sawyer Brown Playing At The Wilson County Fair

Sawyer Brown, one of the most beloved and groups in country music will take to the stage at The Wilson County Fair for one high-energy show on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 7:30 p.m..

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2015 Fair Theme

Theme for the 2015 Wilson County Fair

Cedars, Oaks and Country Folks

2015 Agricultural Commodity

"Year of the Tree"

Fair Dates:  August 14-22, 2015

 

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TAF Awards Banquet

Wilson County Fair Board attended the Tennessee Association of Fairs annual awards banquet recently at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville. Wilson County was well represented and received the State of Tennessee Awards of Merit.

 

The Wilson County Fair was pleased to bring home awards in the following categories:

  • Fair Catalog
  • Show Bill
  • Letterhead/Envelope
  • Scrapbook
  • Fair Brochure
  • Fair Video
  • Decorative Gourd
  • Machine Pieced and Machine Quilted Quilt
  • Creative Agriculture Fair Idea for "Year of the Tomato"
  • Creative Non-Agriculture Fair Idea for "Sand in the City"
  • Recycled Item

The Wilson County Fair is the largest Fair in the State of Tennessee and rated 36th in the nation. The 2015 Fair dates are August 14-22. Please mark your calendars and look for more information in the months to come as plans are already being made for the 2015 Fair.

 

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Farmers Appreciation Breakfast

Farmers Appreciation Breakfast

In recognition of the 2014 Wilson County Fair Theme – Farmers, Boots & Country Roots – a Wilson County Farmers Appreciation Breakfast was held on Aug. 20, drawing hundreds of attendees from farm families to leaders in the field of agriculture in politics and business.

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Fair Attendance Hinges on Weather

Fair Attendance Hinges on Weather

Attendance is always a big topic surrounding the Wilson County Fair, with 2014 coming out of the gate with a fast start only to be waylaid on Sunday by the weather. 

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Discover the Secrets of the Grove

Discover the Secrets of the Grove

Enjoy the breeze under the trees with a stroll through Fiddlers Grove, hear the song of the blacksmith’s anvil and see the saw mill hum.

Quiet is replaced during the fair with a bustle of activity at the pioneer village, a settlement entrenched in history and full of secrets to be discovered.

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