Dedications remember beloved Fair leader

Dedications Remembers Beloved Fair Leader Hale Moss- Photo Randall Coe

By Lounita Howard

Photos Above - The family of Hale Moss and Wilson County Fair officials and volunteers dedi-cate an engraved marble bench located in front of the Fair office in memory of Hale, longtime presidento f the Fair Board - Photo Randall Coe

Every one of us has a Hale story,” said one member of the Wilson County Fair Board. And it’s true of those who volunteer their time for the fair, as well as for many others. Hale Moss was the type of person who inspired people, touched lives, fostered community spirit and led by example.

Hale Moss was the founding president of the Wilson County Fair, serving in that capacity for 38 years before he passed away in April, leaving a hole in the hearts of those closest to him and a deep sense of loss in the volunteer community.
Two memorials for Hale were held this week during the Wilson County Fair in memory of Hale: the dedication of a beau-tiful marble bench in front of the Fair office and the dedication of Moss Feed & Seed building in Fiddlers Grove - a museum of Hale’s life and service to the community.

At the building dedication, Hale’s widow, Brenda, shared about her husband’s family history, noting he came from a grassroots farming family and he and his sister both had to raise tobacco to earn the money to attend college. Both graduated from the University of Tennessee.

At the building dedication on Thursday night, Fair Board Vice President Jimmy Comer shared the influence Hale Moss had on him. Jimmy shared that he met Hale when he was a freshman attending Lebanon High School in 1972 and Hale was his voca-tional agriculture teacher. There, Jimmy first witnessed Hale’s “leadership in action.” In 1979, as an intern with Production Credit, Jimmy was recruited to help put together the first Wilson County Fair under the umbrella of new entity Wilson County Promotions - led by Hale Moss.

The next 38 years saw Hale Moss develop and inspire volunteers, solve hundreds of problems related to producing and operating the fair each year and just being a role model for others.

Wilson County Fair Executive Director Helen McPeak noted Hale referred to his constant communication with folks far and wide as “completing circles” - connecting what needed to be connected to make ev-erything happen that needed to happen for a successful fair.

Randall Clemons, current fair president, served as treasurer during the 38 years Hale filled the presidency. Randall summed it up by noting, “Hale Moss was a man of vision.” 

Standing on the porch at the Moss Feed & Seed museum - the newest structure in Fiddlers Grove - Randall noted that 27 years ago, there was a useless grown up thicket on the edges of the fairgrounds. Hale’s vision led to the start of Fiddlers Grove, which today has numerous historical buildings and hosts a number of events thoughout the year.

Brenda Moss with Joe and Lauren - Photo Lounita Howard

Above - Brenda Moss and her children, Joe and Lauren, cut the ribbon at the ribbon at the Moss Feed and Seed building in memory of Brenda’s husband and Joe and Lauren’s father.

Below - The dedication ceremony.

Dedication Ceremony At Moss Feed and Seed

 

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Star of the show: a gorgeous sunset

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Wilson County Fair Day 7 - From the Fiddlers Note

Wednesday night brought a breath-taking sunset to the gounds of the Wilson County Fair, as if to compensate for Tuesday night’s stormy weather. Cover photo: Lebanon’s Brian Manis captured the midway in the glow of the setting sun.

Sunset Cloud Formation At The Wilson County Fair - Photo by Peggy Clemons

Photo above: Peggy Clemons’ view of the sun obscured by a beautiful cloud formation in front of the Expo Center just before sunset.

Below - Fiddlers Note photographer Richie Bouton’s take on the Ferris Wheel with the sunset mirroring the colors of the wheel.

Ferris Wheel At Sunset At The Wilson County Fair - Photo by Richie Bouton

 

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Thunderstorm delays big giveaway drawing Tuesday night

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Photographer - Nikki Hailey - From Day 6 Fiddlers Note

Thunderstorms passing through put a damper on the fair Tuesday night, delaying the Great Giveaway vehicle drawing for 30 minutes. The ticket barrel was placed underneath the announcers’ booth at the Motosports Arena to protect the tickets from the rain, as 2017 Fairest of the Fair Anna Belle Gallaher commenced the drawing.

Cover Photo: Wilma Hutson won the drawing on a ticket from Al’s Foodland and chose the 2017 Ford Focus from Bates Ford. From left in photo: 2017 Ms. Senior TN Wilson County Denise Byrd, Presley Draper from Al’s Foodland, winner Wilma Hutson, Ronnie Kelley from Bates Ford and Fairest of the Fair Anna Belle Gallaher.

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Gallaher chosen 2017 Fairest of the Wilson County Fair

Fairest Of The Fair - Anna-Belle-Gallaher - Photo by Chris Cantwell

Photographer - Chris Cantwell - From Tuesday's Fiddlers Note...

Fair history was made this year at the Fairest of the Fair pageant. Anna Belle Gallaher, far right photo, was named 2017 Fairest of the Fair. She is the daughter of John and Ashlie Gallaher of Lebanon.

Anna Belle’s mother was in the Top Ten in the 1987 Fairest of the Fair pageant, while her grandmother, Linda Johnson, was first runner up in 1961. Anna Belle was also voted Miss Congeniality by her peers in the competition.

Fairest of The Fair at the 2017 Wilson County Fair - Photo by Chris Cantwell

In photo above, from left, are first runner-up Betty Kelley, daughter of Scott and Linda Kelley of Mt Juliet; winner Anna Belle Gallaher; and second runner-up Olivia Teague, daughter of Dianne and Alex Teague of Lebanon. Betty Kelley was also voted crowd favorite.

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An Eclipse Proposal At Wilson County Fair

Photographer: Lounita Howard - From Sunday's Fiddler Note...

Photographer - Chris Cantwell - From Monday's Fiddlers Note...

A total solar eclipse brought 12,698 people to a viewing party at the fair-grounds Monday with rides, food vendors and buildings opening at 10 a.m.

One couple flew to Nashville from California to view the event. Brooke Newton has been fascinated with astronomy since attending space camp as a child. She was accompanied by boyfriend Ajay Chanayil, who decided the eclipse was the perfect time to “pop the question.” Urging Brooke to put her eclipse glasses back on and take a look at the sun immediately after totality passed, Ajay dropped to one knee and held out his mother’s ring as Brooke, sensing movement, pulled off her glasses and looked down at him. Her hands flew to her mouth as she realized he was proposing marriage and she quickly said, “YES!”

The couple live in Studio City, where Brooke is an actress and producer and Ajay is a lawyer with Netflix.

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Wilson County Fair honor Tony Bates & Bates Ford of Lebanon at the Oak Ridge Boys Concert !

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Last night we had the privilege to honor Tony Bates & Bates Ford of Lebanon at the Oak Ridge Boys Concert for his sponsorship of the concerts over the past 10 years. Bates Ford is also bringing you Jason Crabb & Zach Williams tonight in concert at the Wilson County Fair!

Oak Ridge Boys Concert at Wilson County Fair

Randall Clemons, President of the Wilson County Fair, shared about Tony Bates and Bates Ford in front of the largest crowd in fair concert history. Tony Bates has taken our fair to another level in the last ten years as Bates Ford has sponsored two nights of musical concerts. Tony has a great community spirit and gives back to Wilson County in countless ways. Eddie Stubbs from WSM Radio mentioned that a ticket to a concert like this would easily cost $25.00 and thanks to Tony Bates & Bates Ford's wonderful sponsorship, we can experience it for the price of fair admission! The Wilson County Fair is one of the Top 50 Fairs in the nation due to great sponsorships like Bates Ford.

Be sure to give them a visit: http://www.tonybatesfordsales.com/

The 2017 Wilson County Fair is sponsored by Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers.

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Sisters’ tradition at the Wilson County Fair!

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Photographer: Lounita Howard - From Sunday's Fiddler Note...

Boer goats, sheep and pigs have all gone through shows at the Wilson County Fair under the watchful eyes of sisters Alyssa and Shelby Summar. Alyssa, who is student teaching at Mt. Juliet High School and will be at Watertown High later in the fall, and Shelby, a student at Wilson Central, say showing livestock is a family affair - with mom and dad Lauren and Tracy always coming along to their shows.

The Fiddlers Note caught up with them prior to the Boer Goat Show on Saturday at the Wilson County Fair, where they were grooming their prize-winning goats for the state 4-H Show. Shelby, a junior, is secretary of the FFA Chapter at Wilson Central. Both girls plan to pursue careers related to agriculture. Alyssa, who plans to graduate college in December, is centering her teaching career on agriculture. One of the goats they had at the show Saturday was “Pete” - a 4-month-old Boer that Shelby bottle fed, even taking to school and keeping in the Ag Department so she could feed him throughout the day, after his mother rejected him. The sisters spend four hours every evening working with their goats, exercising them and bathing them to get them show-ready

From Sunday's Fiddler Note

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Lots of fun with LEGO contest

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The Wilson County Fair held its first ever LEGO Contest on Saturday. Contestants brought their own LEGOs and had one hour to build their creation. No kits were allowed. First place winners for each age group received a blue ribbon and a gift card to Wal-mart. There were 12 entries. Winners were: ages 4-6, Hayden Hassan; ages 7-9, Luke Cernoch; ages 10-13, Grifin Lichtenwalter (pictured above with his creation); ages 14-17, no entry; ages 18 and Up, Beauman Dick.

Read Saturday's Fiddlers Note...

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Creativity offers giggles, education at AgVenture Barn

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Photographer: Lounita Howard - From Friday's Fiddler Note...

Lebanon High School FFA members put on their thinking caps and came up with some fun and whimsical ideas for educating young-sters about agriculture in the AgVenture Barn at the Wilson County Fair.

Cover photo is LaDonna Tanner, posing with an old-fashioned outhouse build out of reclaimed pallets. The message inside says “Grow where you are planted.”

Old Blue Jeans Plants and Hoses 

Above: a watering troughe, old blue jeans, plants, hoses, water and dish soap make a fun display about water quality. A sign above the trough carries the message: “Water Quality is Important. Farmers drink the same water that you do!!!” It includes information on how modern farming practices are work-ing to limit the use of water and limit runoff or pollution that could potentially be introduced into waterways.

Water Melon Is 92 Percent Water!

Next photo above: a whimsical “chicken” planter was crafted with an old tire.

Noah Daniel and Peyton Robinson Playing Checkers

Final photo catches Noah Daniel and Peyton Robinson, students at Wilson Central High School, enjoy a game of checkers on boards the Leba-non FFA (Future Farmers of America) created from pallets and slic-es of slender tree trunks. LaDonna and her mother, Rene, explained that reclaimed items were used and repurposed for the display and games, utilizing things they found around their farm or purchased from the Habitat ReStore or the Wilson County Community Help Center.

LaDonna, who serves as treasurer of the Lebanon FFA, says the students spent the past couple of months building everything. There are also live animals in the AgVenture Barn, provided by the FFA members from their farms or from their friend’ ‘farms. LaDon-na said it’s a great honor for the FFA to get to do this for the Fair.

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Fun at the Wilson County Fair

Good time at the Wilson County Fair!

Colby enjoying monkey at Wilson County Fair

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Ummm Ummm Good at the Wilson County Fair

Millie Ray Sewell, granddaughter of Linda and Odell Bain enjoying a drink at the Wilson County Fair.  It must be pretty good from the looks on her face.

Millie Ray Sewell Granddaughter of Linda and Odell Bain

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Foreign Visitor Attending the 2017 Wilson County Fair

Esther Heidner of Munich, Germany visits Wilson County Fair. She is visiting Hal and Patti Oliphant of Crossville formerly of Mt Juliet.

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Total Eclipse at the Wilson County Fair

The Best Seat in the House for the Total Eclipse at the Wilson County Fair

The Wilson County Fair is the Place to Be for the Total Eclipse viewing on August 21st as the fair opens at 10:00 a.m. with a special admission price of $6.00 and ride all rides Armband at half price.  The fair will be giving free glasses to the first 10,000 guest and having registration for the Best Seat in the House as you enter the gates.  The Fair is offering Two large Ferris Wheels and if guest are lucky they might win a free ride on the Ferris Wheel during the Total Eclipse at 1:28 p.m.  Lebanon is one of the best locations for viewing of the Eclipse and the only fair in Middle Tennessee operating during the Eclipse.  The fair will also be having a professional fireworks show at the time of the Eclipse.  The entire fair will be open that day and will be having Teachable Moments on the Eclipse conducted by Wilson County Educators at the new Expo Center.

The fair will be offering a special viewing station at the Motorsports Arena for this unique opportunity. Monday is a great day as Bates Ford of Lebanon will be sponsoring the return of the Oak Ridge Boys in concert at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets purchased and ride armbands are good all day with prices going to regular price at 3:00 p.m.  Monday will also be Senior Citizens Day at the Wilson County Fair.  Wilson County Fair is the largest County Fair in Tennessee and is in the top 50 events in the nation.  Don’t miss the 2017 Wilson County Fair August 18th thru 26th.  Information 615-443-2626 or wilsoncountyfair.net

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Wilson County Fair Flower & Rose Show

The Wilson County Fair Flower and Rose Show will have a new home for the 2017 Fair, Building C (Arnett Building) at the James E. Ward Ag Center.  Entries for the flower and rose show will be on Thursday, August 17 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Flower Show is sponsored by the Wilson County Gardeners’ Guild, established in 1982.  Alice Trice is an active Charter Member of the organization.  Recently Edwina Reeder, President of the Gardeners’ Guild, Laleta Shipper, Chairman of the Flower Show and Linda Spencer, Chairman of the Rose Show visited Alice Trice’s flower garden.  Alice plans to have several entries in the 2017 fair hoping to win the Hale Moss Award for most Flower Show entries. 

The 2017 Rose Show will have new lots for a table arrangement for a Garden Party, tall arrangement staged on tall pedestal to celebrate the “Here Comes the Fun”, and a dry arrangement on a hat.  On Saturday, August 26 at 4 p.m. Jeff and Jennifer Harvey will discuss rose arranging for your home.

 Flower Show will have ‘Ask the Expert Nightly’ on 11 different topics as flower arranging, decorating, bonsai, edible flowers, roses, herbs, violets, trees.   See Schedule of events. 

The Flower Show has added new classes.  We will have green, white and other monochromatic, floating, herb and sunflower arrangements.  A favorite is the Fair Theme Arrangement - Here Comes the Fun and the Year of the Sunflower; the winner will incorporate fair theme and sunflowers in an arrangement. 

New also at the flower show will be Most Unusual Container with plant, Most Unusual Flower in container.  We will have a new Class for Miniatures under 8 inches, and Air plants. 

We hope to see you in the Building C (Arnett Building) for Flower and Rose Show nightly.

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Pageants Move To New Expo Center!

The Wilson County Fair Pageant Committees are thrilled to announce that all pageants will be held in an air-conditioned facility this year at the Wilson County Expo Center.  This includes the Baby Show, Doll Parade I & II, King of the Fair I & II, Fair Princess Revue I, II, III & IV, Fairest of the Fair, Ms. Wilson County Senior Tennessee and the Celebrating Beauty and Handsome (Special Needs) Pageant.  We have seen the need but have not had the opportunity to host our pageants in an air-conditioned facility before now.  This is just one of the many improvements you will have the opportunity to enjoy at the 2017 Wilson County Fair.  

Online registration for these pageants opened on July 1 and will close on July 31 except for Celebrating Beauty and Handsome Pageant which online registration will close on August 12.  The only in-person registration date will be on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wilson County Expo Center.  No registrations will be accepted after 4 p.m. on August 13.  


Please visit www.wilsoncountyfair.net for more information and to register online.  You may call the Fair Office at 615-443-2626 for information about the 2017 Wilson County Fair.

Pageant Committee Picture

 

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New for the 2017 Wilson County Fair!

Get Your Entries Ready!

The Wilson County Exposition Center is the new location for Wilson County Fair's Exhibits in:

Adult & fce Exhibits                    Baking

Egg Contest                                Fine Arts

Fruits & Vegetables                    Pageants

Pick TN Exhibits                          Photography

School Exhibits                           Stained Glass

The Expo Center is Air-Conditioned with plenty of Restrooms and Space to Display Exhibits, Live Demonstrations and Entertainment!  We are excited about this new addition to the fairgrounds!

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Neddy Jacobs Days

Mark your Calendar

Neddy Jacobs Days 2017

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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 


Above - Fair-goers enjoy the view from Vertigo while the Giant Wheel offers a festive backdrop.

Fun Times On Friday At The Fair

Above - A girl stops to pet a horse outside Fiddlers Grove as the horse takes a break from churning ice cream.

Fun Times On Friday At The Fair

Above - A group of boys battle the heat with the help of a large misting fan on the Midway.

Fun Times On Friday At The Fair

Above - A family takes a turn on the Carousel.  

Fun Times On Friday At The Fair

Above - Two children take one last look back before heading out on the Kiddie Train on Friday.

Photos by Sara McManamy-Johnson - From the Fiddlers Note - Saturday August 27th, 2016 Edition - Published Lounita Howard

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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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