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All’s “FAIR” In Wilson County

I’m sure there is another phrase about all being “fair” in something else, but in August each year it really is FAIR in Wilson County! For those reading this article who have been to the Wilson County Fair, then you already know what I am talking about. But for those friends and neighbors, who have not yet had the opportunity to experience the Fair, make this the year to do so.

There is perhaps no other single event of the year that draws as much attention or as many people to Wilson County as the Fair. Consistently drawing in excess of 500,000 visitors during the nine-day run believe me it is a huge event. This year the theme is “Taste the Fun” and the Fair runs from Friday, August 16th thru Saturday, August 24th. There is so much going on during those nine days that I cannot possibly do it justice in my 500 words. The Fair advertising insert in the newspaper is 104 pages! But, what I can tell you is that the WC Fair is a tremendous place for families to make memories. For those of us a bit older it can be a wonderful trip down Memory Lane. And for those who get chosen to be a part of Michael Blaine’s Hypnotist Show, perhaps no memory at all. The parking is free and multi-day passes are available online, at the Chamber of Commerce, or many businesses throughout the community.

A few things that I happen to think make this such a great fair include the cleanliness of the venue, the friendliness of the volunteers and vendors, and the thousands of items on display. On top of this there is the very popular Fiddler’s Grove area which gives us a glimpse into what life was like for the early settlers who called Wilson County home. Of course there is a Midway with rides for the young and young-at-heart, a petting area, Demolition Derby, farm animals, and more fair food that you can imagine; unless you can imagine things such as deep-fried sticks of butter and fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

There are discounted tickets for children and seniors, and early-bird specials on the two Saturdays. Traffic, traffic, traffic; of course there will be some but most take it in stride and know that with over half a million people attending this event that just comes with it. But if you want to avoid it all together you may consider riding the Music City Star (train) which will be available on both of the Saturday’s as well. There are multiple stages featuring live music, entertainment, beauty pageants, and much more throughout the event. And if you aren’t seeing stars by the time it’s over, there are fireworks nightly at 10:00.

For more information you can check out their website at or call 443-2626. See you at the Fair! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit 24/7 at

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