NASHVILLE — When agricultural fair season
rolls around this year, the Tennessee State Fair will make history by
taking place in conjunction with the Wilson County Fair.
“In partnership with Wilson County and Wilson County Promotions, the
Tennessee State Fair will be one of the largest and strongest in the
country,” Governor Bill Lee said. “I thank the State Fair Commission and
General Assembly for prioritizing the investments needed to expand
facilities, showcase our agriculture community, and ensure the best
possible experience for Tennesseans.”
Last week, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the state budget for
fiscal year 2021-2022, which Gov. Lee will sign when it reaches his
desk. The budget provides $5.3 million in funding for the newly combined
event that will be held Aug. 12-21, 2021 at the James E. Ward
Agricultural Center in Lebanon. Wilson County will receive $5 million
for capital projects and infrastructure, and Wilson County Promotions
will receive $300,000 annually for operating costs of the fair.
“Agriculture is the state’s top industry and the heart of the
Tennessee State Fair,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M.
said. “The support by our Governor and investment in agricultural
education will pay dividends when we celebrate this new partnership. For
many visitors, the state fair provides the only opportunity to see
first-hand Tennessee’s vast agriculture, and we are proud to showcase
Wilson County Promotions has experience operating a large-scale fair,
having produced the award-winning Wilson County Fair for 42 years. The
Wilson County Fair is the largest in the state and had an overall
attendance at the 2019 fair of 578,131.
More than 150 events will take place at the combined fair this year,
including livestock shows, food and horticulture competitions, rides,
tractor pulls, demolition derbies, pageants, and entertainment. FFA and
4-H programs foster the development of Tennessee’s next generation who
will grow our food and fiber. Youth exhibits and competitions are sure
to be event favorites.
“Our fair’s roots and existence remain as an agricultural fair,”
Wilson County Promotions Board President Randall Clemons said. “The fair
continues to strive to be a great place for families to have fun and
make memories that will last a lifetime. Volunteers plan for this fair
to be the best one yet. Our goal is to involve every county in the state
and showcase the best of every county’s agriculture, agritourism, and
tourism. We will follow guidelines and protocols that will create a safe
environment for all fairgoers.”
An opening ceremony is planned for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12.