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

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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 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.

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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

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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 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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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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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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Great Give-Away

WC Fair-Giveaway Teaser 2x2

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 18:05
surely could use a new car
Friday, 15 August 2014 21:57
Auch a clean, family oriented event! I absolutely love takimg my granddaughters to see the livestock and all the traditional blue... Read More
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Online Registration

Online Registration for Pageants and Talent Shows ends Monday, August 4 at 11:59 p.m.

After online registration is closed for Pageants, you may register Sunday, August 10 from 1-4 p.m. at the Pageant Pavilion.  Entries NOT ACCEPTED after Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Talent Show registration may be mailed in until August 9.  Registrations will be accepted at the door.

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I really could use a new car hopefully my turn to win after 60 yrs of trying
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“Farmers, Boots and Country Roots” – 2014 Wilson County Fair Honors Farmers

“Farmers, Boots and Country Roots” – 2014 Wilson County Fair Honors Farmers

Folks, we are about 1 month away from another great Wilson County Fair. If you have visited the James E. Ward Agricultural Center recently, it looks like everything is in high gear. New paint is being applied, a couple of new stages are being constructed, the flower beds and landscaping are looking great, new buildings in Fiddlers Grove being readied for dedication, and fair committees are getting ready for the many events and entries at the fair. Volunteers and fair staff are now in a full sprint for the finish line which takes place on Friday, August 15, opening day of the 2014 Wilson County Fair.

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Wilson County Fair - August 15-23, 2014

Pre-Fair Schedule for entries for this year's Fair.


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Mikayla Taylor & Kathy Haskins Announce 2014 Fair Theme

Mikayla Taylor & Kathy Haskins Announce 2014 Fair Theme

The theme for the 2014 Wilson County Fair is:

"Farmers, Boots and Country Roots" 

The 2014 Agricultural Commodity is:

"Year of the Tomato"

Fair Dates

August 15-23, 2014

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