Fired Up for the Fair

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It’s fair season in Tennessee. Twirling carnival rides, competitions and beauty pageants, and the smell of fried foods are beckoning fairgoers across the state. The Tennessee State Fair is always a crowd-pleaser, but there a lots of other county and town celebrations that are just as enjoyable if you can’t make it to the main event. Take a look at some of the highlights of this year’s county fairs.

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East Tennessee:
Try your hand at the karaoke contest and jam to some vintage rock ‘n’ roll with Phil Dirt and the Dozers at the 2016 Cumberland County Fair. Recognized as one of the best county fairs in Tennessee, this year’s celebration marks its 70th anniversary. The event features beauty pageants, a horse and mule show and other competitions including, Fair Idol. The Cumberland County Fair is Aug. 29-Sept. 5, 2016. For more information visit www.cumberlandcountyfair.com or call (931) 484-9454.

Middle Tennessee:
“Barnyard Mardi Gras” is the theme of this year’s Williamson County Fair. Look for fun and educational activities for adults and kids alike! Of course, there is lots of music and entertainment on the schedule, tasty food vendors and exciting carnival rides. This year’s Williamson County Fair is Aug. 5-13, 2016. For more information visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org or call (615) 794-4386.

Also in Middle Tennessee, the Wilson County Fair takes place Aug. 19-27. The largest county fair in the state, the fair in Lebanon draws thousands to see everything from farm animals to fiddlers. To learn more, visit www.wilsoncountyfair.net or call (615) 443-2626.

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West Tennessee:
The West Tennessee State Fair in Jackson is one of the biggest events in the Western region. See a wide variety of tractor pulls, watch as a spectator or compete in the archery contest, and this year features an all-new carnival and kiddie-land. The West Tennessee State Fair is Sept. 13-18, 2016. For more information, visit www.wtsfair.com or call (731) 424-0151.

For a complete listing of county fairs across the state, visit www.tnfairs.com/member-fairs

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