Somewhat of a sleepy little town, just far enough away, from the hustle and bustle of the big city lights.
However, every August something spectacular occurs in our county, and the town takes the bragging rights as the State's center of attraction.
The reason is The Wilson County Fair.
Attracting more than 450,000 people to Lebanon every August for eight days of fun at the 240- acre James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center, the fair has continually been voted Best Fair in the State , and tenth most poular in the entire country.
The first documented Wilson County Fair took place in 1853‚ and featured agriculture and home economics displays and competitions.
While those types of livestock shows and crop judging contests still exist today‚ the fair has grown by leaps and bounds.
The principle to a successful fair according to the organizers:"For a county fair to be successful nowadays‚ it must reflect the community it represents. While Wilson County still has its agricultural sector‚ not everyone who lives here is a farmer.
So we have branched into other facets of entertainment that range from automobile giveaways and banjo-picking contests to demolition derbies and barbecue cook-offs.”
Other attractions include photography contests‚ wine tasting‚ Civil War re-enactments‚ tractor pulls‚ a midway carnival and nonstop musical entertainment.
This event is continuously voted the best county fair in Tennessee . It is extremely clean‚ and each year features fresh and new entertainment. Whether you are 5 years old or 100‚ the Wilson County Fair has something for everyone.