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 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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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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