Counting on the County Fair

8 Nov

Allow me to do some bragging on my community. I am a member of the management committee of the James E. Ward Agriculture and Community Center, which is the official name of our fairgrounds. Annually, it hosts to Wilson County Fair, the largest fair in Tennessee. It is even bigger than the state fair. In my mind, that’s bragging rights.Wilson County Fair

At this meeting, we were presented with the final statistics of the fair. I thought a few of you might find them interesting.

The fair was attended by 589,229 people. While there is no accurate way to determine where all of those people came from, some folks scan the parking lot to check license plates. They found cars from 5 countries, 35 states and 51 Tennessee counties. This is a fair that is known far and wide, but it wouldn’t be possible without the 905 volunteers who take vacation from their real jobs to operate the fair successfully.

The people who oversee the fair like to highlight the agricultural aspects of our community because that’s what county fairs were originally designed to do. With that in mind, there are all kinds of agricultural exhibits judged for their quality.

Let’s see. There were:

403 beef cattle

572 dairy cattle

657 sheep

141 swine

196 mules

681 goats

378 poultry

470 rabbits

193 jars of honey

50 hams

821 fruits and vegetables

954 flowers and plants

Of course, what’s a fair without beauty pageants.

198 babies were signed up for the Baby Show.

24 young ladies competed in the Fairest of the Fair, which was sponsored by Beauty Boutique.

On top of all that, the winner of Ms. Senior Wilson County went on to win the state competition.

There were also cooking contests, antique tractors, school exhibits, horse shows, dog shows, photography contests, art contests and an arm wrestling competition. The list goes on and on. The thing is so big that it can’t all be seen in one visit.

We are all proud of the Wilson County Fair. If you are in this area next August, then you should check it out.

4 Responses to “Counting on the County Fair”

  1. Teepee12 November 9, 2013 at 02:15 #

    Wow, that’s a huge fair. We used to get a little bitty one, but the town sold the fairground. There used to be a huge one every year in Danbury, CT, but that fairgrounds is now full of condos and a mall. I miss the county fairs. I was a devotee.

    • Rick November 9, 2013 at 05:09 #

      For a long time our fair was gone, then local volunteers brought it back. Now, it’s grown into the biggest thing around. It’s also cool because they do it like the old time fairs. I think that’s why it’s so popular.

  2. amber_i_am (@amber_i_am) November 11, 2013 at 20:36 #

    10 points for “that’s bragging rights”. I tried to comment by using my phone over the weekend, but technology imploded and it wouldn’t work…

    • Rick November 12, 2013 at 01:17 #

      I thought someone out there would appreciate that.

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