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
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 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.
There 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.
And 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!”
“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.
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.
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.
"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"...