Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fun, Food And Frolick

Our hometown of Wilson County has always been known for its rustic quality of life—rolling hills and lovely landscapes with good weather year-round.
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.

See you at the fair !!


Christine said...

I haven't been to a county fair in many years. This one looks like lots of fun. I love to look at all the exhibits; not much on the rides. I bet the music is great too! Wish I were there!

Sharon said...

Love the picture of the rolling hills! Awesome view! I would like to go to a fair, at least on more time - I have never had a funnel cake! My favorite parts of the fairs, are the livestock and the quilts!

George said...

We've never made it to the Wilson County Fair, which is something we need to rectify one of these days. I grew up attending our county fair in Indiana every year.

heritagestitchery said...

Sharon ~ I will view the
quilt show and have a funnel
cake in your honor...wish
you could be here to enjoy
it all yourself.
Jo ~ Thank you for this
wonderful preview of the
Blessings ~

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Looks like a while lot of fun !

Rob said...

There certainly looks lots to see and do. I think its good that these things carry on in times that have changed so much from when the fair first started.

Barbara Anne said...

How perfectly delightful!

As a quilter, I applaud the Fair organizers who hang the entered quilts so each entire quilt can be seen and enjoyed. At the last several county fairs I attended elsewhere, quilts were folded and stacked in glass cases so the quilts couldn't be admired. Only the winning quilts were hung.

What are the dates for the Wilson Col Fair this year?


Susie said...

Hi Jo,
When I was younger, I always loved going to the state fair in Indiana. I would go for the art exhibit and the horses and chickens. Smiles sweety, Susie

DJan said...

I've never been much of a fair goer, but this one, if it were closer, I'd attend. You have made it seem well worth going to!

jerilanders said...

"Don't miss it,
Don't even be late!
It's dollars to donuts,
That our state fair,
Is the best state fair
In the state!"
"State Fair" 1962

Country Gal said...

Looks like a fun time ! Wonderful photos ! Have a good day.

Unknown said...

Beautifully captured photos. We haven't gone to a fair in many many years. Where we were raised they didn't have things like this , here in Md they do but it just never caught our attention.

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Louise said...

There's nothing like the fun you have at a fair. Yours sure does look like a winner.

Stacy said...

You're right Jo... it is the best fair! I have to admit that my husband and I have only been once, and although I am ashamed to admit it... we only went so that we could try a deep-fried Snicker Candy Bar. I had been on a diet/exercise plan for months, reached my goal... and I was going to try a deep-fried Snicker bar if it killed me! LOL! It was so worth it!

Looks like the weather will be fabulous this week and make for a successful year! I didn't realize that you and I lived this near one another. Enjoy the fair!

Kay said...

Aren't fairs fun. I went to the Ventura County Fair with my friend Linda last week. Ben and I used to go to the Los Angeles County Fair all the time together.


matron said...

Thanks for the virtual trip to the fair,it looks and sounds such fun.
I wish we had something like this ,here.I think every Country and County should have a fair like this,we all need to let our hair down and have fun.

Sarah Knight said...

Looks like fun, now I have a hankering for an elephant ear :D

Babs said...

Thanks for taking us to the Wilson County Fair. Gosh, I haven't been to a county fair in years. Tennessee is such a beautiful state and holds a special place in my heart as my ancestors settled in Smith county in 1800. I'm still looking at the sheep. They look like the kind my grandfather raised.Those in the photo are beautifully groomed, of course.
Have a great day,

MadSnapper said...

like it all, but the horse, the PIES catch my eye every time.

Jill said...

Wow!! Looks like fun. Love that first shot. So clear and beautiful.

Barbara said...

Just caught up on lots of your posts. Love all the photographs and interesting to see your local fair. The quilts are interesting and the pies look good.

Janice Kay Schaub said...

Those fields could be England, are they in Tennessee?