Today is Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fair runs for 9 big days

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Friday, Aug. 12, the opening day of the fair, is Hats Off to our Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers. Ford is sponsor of the fair. Saturday, Aug. 13, is Hats Off to the Tennessee Lottery; Sunday, Aug. 14, is Hats Off to Patriotism; Monday, Aug. 15, is Hats Off to History and Traditions; Tuesday, Aug. 16, is Hats Off to Competitions & Celebrations; Wednesday, Aug. 17, is Hats Off to the Land and Its People Wilson County is the Place to Be! Thursday, Aug. 18, is Hats Off to Agriculture and Education; Friday, Aug. 19, is Hats Off to Entertainers and Exhibits; and Saturday, Aug. 20, is Hats Off to Volunteers.

Gates, buildings and the Carnival, provided by Amusements of America, open at 5 p.m., today. The annual Parade makes its way through the Wilson County Fairgrounds beginning at 7 p.m., and the grand marshals this year are the Red Hat Ladies.

Also on the schedule tonight are the 12 and Under Amateur Talent Show, the Betty Freeman Memorial Walking Horse Classic, Boer Goat Show, Super Tractor Pull, A Taste of Wilson County Cooking Demonstrations, Germ City, Fiddlers Grove Opry, Sheep Dog Demonstrations and Schutzlund Dog Demonstrations.

There is also a $1,000 Cash Give-A-Way Friday night. Many more events are planned for Saturday. Gates and buildings open at 10 a.m. and the Carnival opens at noon. Among the activities planned is the Ms. Tennessee Senior Wilson County Pageant at 2:30 p.m. at the Fiddlers Grove Opry Pavilion.

Gates open at noon on Sunday. A number of events are planned including performances by the Immanuel Baptist Church Choir and the Gladeville Baptist Church Choir, and Antique Car Show and a Rooster Crowing Contest.

There will be a $1,000 Cash Give-A-Ways on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. The Fairest of the Fair Pageant will be Monday at 7 p.m., and the Great Car/Truck/Tractor/ATV Give-A-Way is Tuesday night.

There will be all kinds of entertainment during the fair with something for everyones listening pleasure. Admission to the fair is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under.

If you wear a Ford hat or bring a Ford keychain tonight, youll receive $2 off your admission. Bring a Tennessee Lottery ticket stub adults only on Saturday, and youll get $1 marked off your admission. And beginning at 5 p.m., the first 50 adults at each admission gate will receive a Lottery Scratch Off ticket.

Saturday, Aug. 13 and 20, offers and Early Bird Special. Enter the fair between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. only and receive $2 off admission. Bring a bulletin from the faith of your choice on Sunday and receive $2 off admission.

Monday is Senior Citizens Day and admission will be $6 for those ages 60 and older. Season tickets for the fair are $30, and new this year is a Preferred Parking Ticket available for $5 that will allow you to park closer to the admission gates. The parking tickets may be purchased online at or at local banks, the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Chambers of Commerce, Wilson County Fair office and at Moss Florist in Mt. Juliet.

Of course, there is plenty of free parking available on many acres of land at the fairgrounds. Carnival Ride One Price is $20, but individual ride tickets may be purchased for $1 marker each.

For more information about all the events planned for this years fair, including the carnival, see the fair catalog or visit

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

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