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Dailys News and Updates from the Wilson County Fair

Wilson County Fair Mission Is To promote, encourage, and stimulate the civic welfare and betterment of Wilson County, Tennessee, and the surrounding geographical area, through the promotion, ownership and operation of a Fair and other similar endeavors; to promote, encourage and maintain interest in agriculture, labor, industry, recreation, business, commerce, trade and any other civic function or interest by the exhibition method or otherwise; to cooperate with other citizens and groups of citizens interested in the same or similar purposes.

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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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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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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Sand Sculptures to Rise at the Fair

Sand Sculptures to Rise at the Fair

Six teams. Six hours. Eight tons of sand. Before the Fair gates open, six teams will swirl into action. Their mission: to build the BEST, most interesting, exciting or fun sand sculpture – a first for the Wilson County Fair! Sand in the City is coming to Lebanon to have fun at the fair and test the creative skills of contest participants.

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Giant Prize, Big Awards at Wilson County Fair

Lebanon resident Robert Fugate won The Great Give-A-Way vehicle drawing and chose the John Deere Tractor! Above, from left are: 2013 Fairest of the Fair Mikayla Taylor, Tri-Green representative Mike Marks, Taylor and Old Hickory Credit Union Representative Denise Seay. The winning ticket - the first drawn - came from Old Hickory Credit Union. The tractor are from Tri-GreenTuesday is always a huge night, HUGE, at the Wilson County Fair! The Great Give-A-Way committee, which conducts cash drawings the first Friday of the Fair through Thursday night, switches gears for one night only - Tuesday - to award a vehicle - the winner’s choice of six options. This year, those included a John Deere 5045d Tractor & Loader, a John Deere XUV 825i Gator, a Ford Focus, a Dodge Journey, a Hyundai Elantra or a Chevy Malibu - all brand new 2013 models from local dealers.

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The Beauties of Special Needs

Whitney Lackey Wilson County Fair Fairest Of The FairThere once was a Fairest of the Fair who, during her pageant, was approached by a sweet young lady in a wheel chair. The innocent child looked up in awe at the beautiful young woman, bedecked in a sparkling, gorgeous pageant dress wearing her glittering crown, and said, “One day, I’m going to be a princess just like you!”

And thus was planted a seed that grew. And the rulers of the land known as the Wilson County Fair decreed that there shall also be a Fairest of the Fair pageant just for these special young ladies. And thus was born the first ever Celebrating Beauty, “A Wilson County Special Needs Pageant.” Held on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, the pageant celebrated lovely ladies with moderate to severe disabilities. To be eligible, the girls have to be enrolled in a Comprehensive Development Class in the local school districts, including those who are home-schooled or on medical leave from the public school class.

Emily Burkett Celebrating Beauty Pageant at Wilson County FairAnd winners were crowned in four divisions: Doll Parade, PK-2nd Grade; Little Miss, 3rd-5th Graders; Fair Princess, 6th-8th Graders; and Fairest of the Fairest 9th-12th Graders.

And the families of the new princesses smiled and said, “This is truly wonderful!”

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Are You Hypnotized by the Fair?

Are You Hypnotized by the Fair?

“This you will do for me.” Familiar words to any of the many thousands who have watched Hypnotist Michael Blaine perform at the Wilson County Fair. A popular fixture each August, Michael is back for his 15th year and still drawing standing room only crowds for his shows.

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What is All the Buzz About?

The 2013 Wilson County Fair has officially arrived, and with it a swarm of bees, figuratively speaking, as this year’s agricultural based fair celebrates the Year of the Honeybee!

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Wilson County Fair Express - All Aboard!

The Music City Star will run a special train to the Wilson County Fair at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon on Saturdays Aug. 17 and Aug. 24.

The train will leave Riverfront Station at noon both days, arrive at Donelson at 12:12 p.m., Hermitage at 12:26 p.m., Mt. Juliet at 12:35 p.m., Martha at 12:45 p.m., the Lebanon Station at 12:55 p.m. and the Fairgrounds at 1:05 p.m.

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Wilson County Fair launches Responsive Website

Wilson County Fair launches Responsive Website

Over the last few months, Bear Web Design has been working on a new responsive designed website to launch for the 2013 Wilson County Fair. A responsive website is a website that is mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop friendly and provides an optimum user experience based on the device with which the website is being used.

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Hey Mom The Wilson County Fair Rocks

Hey Mom The Wilson County Fair Rocks

"If I had the time, I would pinch myself. We’re taking off for Nashville and Memphis to immerse ourselves in Tennessee music and culture . At home, in Auckland, New Zealand, our immediate family of four has eclectic music tastes. But, we agree most passionately on the music that comes out of Tennessee"...

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