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Wilson County Fair board selects 2016 theme

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The Wilson County Fair Board has selected "We Want YOU at the 2016 Wilson County Fair" as the theme for this year's fair, which will open on Friday, August 19 at 5 p.m. and run through Saturday, August 27.

Wilson County Fair Board President Hale Moss said the play on the old "I Want You for the U.S. Army" poster was selected as a nod to this year's election season.

"We were brainstorming about something that was all-inclusive," Moss said. "It's also an election year, and we wanted to do something that had a patriotic overtone to it and encourage people to be patriotic and proud of our country and all of the things we enjoy."

The original "I Want You for the U.S. Army" poster was the most famous of 46 designs the late artist James Montgomery Flagg created for the government during World War I. The portrait of Uncle Sam was originally published as the cover of the July 6, 1916, issue of "Leslie's Weekly" with the title "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?"

As the United States entered World War I in 1917 and 1918, over four million copies were printed. Because of its overwhelming popularity, the image was later adapted for use in World War II.

Presented by Your Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers, the cover of the 2016 Wilson County Fair Book, which will be released in mid-July, pays homage to the fair's roots in agriculture, as well as to great entertainment and rides.

Moss said fair organizers are planning for 2016 to be a great fair - even with ongoing Expo Center construction, "which we're all very proud of." He said organizers look forward to the addition of the Expo Center in 2017, noting there are "lots of plans" to make coming to the fair as convenient as possible, including work on the egress and ingress for parking.

"We want you at the 2016 Wilson County Fair, along with your family and friends," he continued. "We're working hard to make the largest fair in the state of Tennessee the best one ever, and we hope you'll join us."

To learn more, visit www.wilsoncountyfair.net.

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