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AUGUST 18-26, 2017

The Wilson County Fair!

We want YOU
at the 2016 Wilson County Fair!

Schedule of Events & Activities

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All events are tentative and may be changed at any time prior to August 19, 2016.


2016 Pre-Fair Schedule

Entries & Pageant Information

Friday, August 12 - 4-8 p.m. - Wine & Home Brewing Entries
Saturday, August 13 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Take non-perishable entries in Adult and Youth Exhibits, Fine Arts, Photography & Stained Glass
Sunday, August 14 - 1-4 p.m.
Baby Show, Doll Parade, Fair Princess, Fairest of the Fair, King of the Fair & Special Needs Pageant Registration
Monday, August 15 – 5:30 p.m.
Ms. Senior Wilson County Pageant Rehearsal
Tuesday, August 16 - 6:30 p.m.
Fairest of the Fair Rehearsal

Thursday, August 18
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Ham Entries
12 noon - 8 p.m. - Poultry Entries
2-6:30 p.m. - Flower Show Entries
2:30-6:00 p.m. – Rose Show
3-6 p.m. – Adult Baking Entries
3-6:30 p.m. - Honey Show
3-8 p.m. - Adult Fruits & Vegetables and Egg Entries
3-8 p.m. - Hay and Farm Crop Entries
4-7 p.m. - Youth Farm Crops, Garden Entries & Baking and Egg Entries
5-7 p.m. - 4-H Poultry Entries

Industrial & Commercial Exhibit Setup
Thursday, August 18 - 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, August 19 - 8 a.m. – noon

Daily Happenings: Nightly fireworks sponsored by the Tennessee Lottery – 10 p.m., Ag-Venture Barn, Hypnotist Michael Blaine, Circle C Racing Pigs & Petting Zoo, David Turner & Friends, Doodles the Clown, Musical Entertainment daily on Back Porch Stage; Entertainment Stage, Fiddlers Grove Opry & Hee Haw Stage, Commercial Exhibits, Adult and Youth Education Exhibits, fce Cultural Arts Exhibits, Preemie Quilt Exhibits, Fruits & Vegetable Exhibits, Hay & Farm Crops, Flower and Rose Show, Ham Show, Honey Show, Wine and Home Brewing Competition, Fine Arts Show, Photography Show, Stained Glass Show, Farm Equipment Display, Pick TN Products Exhibit, School Exhibits, High Roller Wade Henry Show, High Flying Pages.

Fiddlers Grove Activities: Camp Fire Cooking, Spinning & Weaving, Soap Making, Baskets, Black Smithin’, Wood Carving, Pottery Makers, Broom Making, Quilting Demonstrations, Antique Car Display, Civil War Reenactment, Working Grist Mill, Sorghum Making, Corn Shuck Dolls, Honey Bee Demonstrations, Antique Tractor & Engine Display, plus many more attractions.

Friday, August 19 – Tennova Day at the Fair - Gates, Buildings & Carnival Open at 5 p.m. Parade - 7:00 p.m. 12 & Under Amateur Talent Show, Barrel Races, Boer Goat Show, Super Tractor Pull,  $1,000 CASH GIVE-A-WAY

Saturday, August 20 - Tennessee Lottery Day at the Fair – Gates & Buildings Open at 10 a.m., Carnival Opens 12 noon - Bicycle Ride Around Wilson County, Super Pull Tractors & Stock Trucks, Sacred Harp Singing, Salsa Making Competition, “Wilson County Cook-off, Best Steak, Rib, & Boston Butt” Competition, 13 & Up Amateur Talent Show, Youth Horse Show, TN Jr. Market Goat Show, Ms. Senior Wilson County Pageant, Rabbit Show Entries (7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.), Poultry Judging, Rabbit Judging, Clogging Competition

Sunday, August 21 94 FM The FISH Day at the Fair - Gates Open at 12 noon, Buildings & Carnival Open at 1 p.m.9 a.m. Church Service in Fiddlers Grove, Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Choir, The Eastern Harmonizers, Immanuel Baptist Church Choir, Lebanon Church of God, Cat Show, Dairy Goat Show, Antique Car Show, Stock Horse Show, Antique & Farm Tractor Pull, Miniature Donkey Show, Rooster Crowing Contest, Special Needs Pageant, Authors Day, $1,000 CASH GIVE-A-WAY

Monday, August 22Middle Tennessee Electric Day at the Fair - Gates, Buildings & Carnival Open at 5 p.m. - Gates Open at 3 p.m. for Senior Citizens Day (Seniors age 60 or older) $7 admission, Jason Crabb and The Talleys in Concert, Rhode Island Red Head Contest, Fairest of the Fair Pageant, Flat Track Racing, fce Fashion Revue, Confirmation Dog Show, $1,000 CASH GIVE-A-WAY

Tuesday, August 23Bates Ford/Bates Equipment – Concert Night - Gates, Buildings & Carnival Open at 5 p.m. – Oak Ridge Boys Concert, Beef Cattle Show I, Feeder Pig Show, Hog-A-Rama, Go Kart Races/Yard Karts, Doll Parade Division I Pageant, THE GREAT CAR/TRUCK/TRACTOR GIVE-A-WAY

Wednesday, August 24 Gates, Buildings & Carnival Open at 5 p.m. – School Spirit Kickoff, King of the Fair Div. I & II, Jr. Dairy Cattle Show, Go Kart Races-4-Cycle Competition, $1,000 CASH GIVE-A-WAY

Thursday, August 25 – One Main Financial Day at the Fair - Gates, Buildings, & Carnival Open at 5 p.m. – Blues Brokers in  Concert, Off Road Challenge, Open Dairy Cattle Show, Doll Parade Pageant Division II, Fair Princess Pageant Division IV, Battery Power Ride Toy Race, Pedal Push Tractor Pull Ride Toys, Read & Win, Old Time Spelling Bee Competition, Side by Side Time Trials Course,  $1,000 CASH GIVE-A-WAY

Friday, August 26Spring Leaf Day at the Fair - Gates, Buildings & Carnival Open at 5 p.m. - Beef Cattle Show II, Fair Princess Pageants - Division I, II, & III, Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Demolition Derby, Jr. Commercial Ewe & Market Lamb Shows, Jazz Alliance, AGMA Championship Gaited Mule Show

Saturday, August 22 - Ford Day - Celebrating Your Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers - Gates, Buildings Open at 10 a.m., Carnival Opens 12 noon - Parade - 6:00 p.m. School Day Events, Crank It Up Homemade Ice Cream Freeze Off, Beef Cattle Show III, Baby Show, Mule & Draft Show, Mule Pulling, Open Breeding Sheep Show, Demolition Derby, Youth Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Demolition Derby, Fiddlers Grove Bluegrass Competition, Square Dance Jamboree, Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Corn Hole Tournament, Arm Wrestling Championship, Livestock Auction

The Best of Tennessee - "Best Annual Event"

Reader's Choice Awards "The Tennessee Magazine"

"Best County Fair" - Busy Bee Trader Magazine

Listed in Top 20 Events by Southeast Tourism Association

Honored to be in the Top 50 Fairs in North America for the fifth year

Blue Ribbon Blogs

Nell Stephens
November 18, 2016

The 2016 Festival of Lights will open at the James E. Ward Ag Center at 5:00 p.m. on November 25th with over 500,000 lights covering the Ag Center and the Historic Fiddlers Grove Village.  The annual event has many new additions and you will enter through the Main Gate of the James E. Ward Ag Center in front of the new Convention Center.  As you drive through the village you will experience a visit with Santa and the 50+ historic buildings will come to life in a grand fashion as you experience the Christmas Season. 

The Festival of Lights will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. through December.  The price is $10.00 per car and $25.00 per small bus.  The Festival of Lights is located at 945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, Tennessee.  For more information call 615-443-2626.

Nell Stephens
November 01, 2016

Festival of Lights

 Fiddlers Grove Historical Village
James E. Ward Agricultural Center
945 East Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087

This year the holiday lights display is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning November 26 and ending December 31, 2016.  Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car, turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow.  The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  Admission is $10 per car.  Buses will be $25.