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.
Wilson County Fair
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).
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The theme for the 2014 Wilson County Fair is:
"Farmers, Boots and Country Roots"
The 2014 Agricultural Commodity is:
"Year of the Tomato"
August 15-23, 2014
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 Wilson County Fair kicked off yesterday and our photographers were covering the action all over the fair.
Here is just few photos from Friday 16th August, 2013 to get you all excited - be sure to check out all the photos from Friday - CLICK HERE
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.