The Executive Committee of Wilson County Promotions, sponsor of the Wilson County Fair, presented a check for $402,091.72 to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center and Wilson County Government for the improvements made from profits of the 2013 Wilson County Fair.
These improvements included an addition to the Poultry Barn, parking lot improvements, restroom improvements, Train Museum Building, Baddour Parkway new entrance improvements, paving, maintenance of Fiddlers Grove, Opry Stage improvements, Covered Arena improvements, livestock panels and other maintenance at the Ag Center.
Wilson County Promotions is a 501 (c) 4 organization that is operated by a 300-member volunteer board that has sponsored the Wilson County Fair for the past 34 years. The organization’s charter allows it to maintain a reserve for the total cost of putting on a year’s fair which is around $1.5 million and the balance has to be spent on improvements to the
Ward Ag Center plus expenses for the next year’s fair.
The profits of the fair each year are due to the volunteer hours of the 300-member board plus more than 605 other volunteers who work each year.
In the photo above, Wilson County Promotions, sponsor of the Wilson County Fair, presents check to James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the amount of $402,091.72 for improvements made during 2013 to the center, home of the Wilson County Fairgrounds. On the front row, from left, are Johnny Knowles and Jimmy Comer, Executive Committee members of Wilson County Promotions; Helen McPeak, manager of Wilson County Fair; James Spears, vice president of Wilson County Promotions; Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions; Randall Hutto, Wilson County mayor; and Terry McPeak and Joe Holbrook, Executive Committee members of Wilson County Promotions. On the back row are Donnie Steed, Executive Committee member of Wilson County Promotions; Randall Clemons, treasurer of Wilson County Promotions; Jeff Goins, chairman of Wilson County Commission’s Ag Center Management Committee; Randy Davis, staff member at the Ag Center; and Jim Bradshaw, District 11 Wilson County commissioner. Submitted