A Guide to the Combined Tennessee State Fair in Year 2

  • Animals, rides, food, demolition derbies are all part of the Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair
  • All 95 counties will be highlighted at this year’s Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair

The second combined Wilson County and Tennessee State Fair has had a full year to prepare, which organizers say will be noticeable – starting August 18.

Chicken on a stick. Corn on the cob. Birthing barns for pigs, mules, horses, cattle and goats.

A vintage car show, tractor pull, dirt bike race and dog show. Music and many rides for all ages.

Oh, don’t forget the petting zoo, the pig races and the funnel cake.

“We are going to be the largest classroom in Tennessee as we educate about all aspects of farming and life,” said Randall Clemons, president of Wilson County Promotions.

Here’s a guide to two weeks of family fun in Wilson County.

When does the Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair open?

  • When: August 18-27
  • Where: James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon
  • Theme: 95 reasons to celebrate Tennessee to spotlight every county in the state
  • Agricultural product : hay year

Wilson County Fair Performers

Audience members laugh as a hypnotist performs on the first day of the combined Wilson County Fair and Tennessee State Fair in Lebanon Thursday, August 12, 2021.
  • Highway 96 will perform with the Cedar Creek Boys opening at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 21 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 22. The fair will have 10 entertainment stages with jazz, bluegrass and country artists.
  • Among other shows, popular ventriloquist David Turner will perform two shows on weeknights and three shows on weekend days. Hypnotists Richard Barker will perform August 18-21 and Corrie J., August 23-27. Doodles the Clown and Torres Circus will also perform.

Wave Swinger debuts

Reithoffer Shows will continue to operate the carnival with 60 children’s, major and super spectacular rides planned.

The Wave Swinger, a 39-foot-tall super spectacular ride that seats 48 adults and 16 children, will make its debut at the Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair.

The Zipper, Spiderman, Kiddie Monster Trucks, Mine Craft Funhouse and Sky Flyer are also new.

Roller coaster riders fly over the track on the first day of the combined Wilson County Fair and Tennessee State Fair in Lebanon Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021.

The Stinger, which rotates 360 degrees around the axis of the central pivot point, returns.

Zero Gravity and Euro Slide are also among the rides in this year’s lineup.

Individual ride tickets cost $1.50. Trips require different amounts of tickets. There are also armbands that allow unlimited travel:

$20: Sunday August 21 to 25.

$25 on Fridays and Saturdays.

A special opening night is $1 per ride with at least the purchase of a $10 ticket sheet.

The Euro Slide is not included with armbands but is $5 each way or three for $10.

How much do Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair tickets cost?

Fair tickets are on sale online and at the Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair office. Season and Mega tickets are available at local banks. Prices include:

  • Regular daily entry: Adults – $12. Children from 6 to 12 years old – $6. 5-minus – free. Opening day is half price.
  • Mega Tickets: One-day door entry and armband is $30 (must be purchased by August 17). The Euro Slide must be purchased separately.
  • Season tickets $45.
Bennett Gladle of Texas participates in the Boer Goat Show on the first day of the combined Wilson County Fair and Tennessee State Fair in Lebanon Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Highlights of attractions and events

  • Vintage car show: 1 p.m., Sunday, August 21. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $15 per vehicle. Prize giving at 4 p.m.
  • Antiques and Farm Tractor Pull: 3 p.m., Monday, August 21, Motor Sports Arena.
  • Demolition Derbys: 7 p.m., Friday, August 26 and 7 p.m., Saturday, August 27 at the Motor Sports Arena. A lawn mower wrecking contest will be held during the intermissions.
  • Quad and dirt bike races: 6 p.m., Monday, August 22, at the Motor Sports Arena.
  • Dog show: 7 p.m., Monday, August 22, Livestock Arena (dog tent).

Livestock shows will be held daily with over 100 scheduled throughout the fair.

Popular Fair Foods

Chicken on a stick, corn on the cob, walking tacos, funnel cakes, barbecue, and an assortment of fried offerings (Oreos) highlight a list of approximately 90 food concession items.

The apple pie, pecan pie and banana pudding contests on Sunday August 21 are part of the cooking and baking competitions throughout the fair.

A mother horse and foal in 2020 when the traditional Wilson County Fair was canceled due to COVID-19, but popular animal attractions continued, including the Birthing Barn.

birth barn

The popular on-site and internet attraction will include pigs, mules, horses, cattle and goats that were bred with projection to give birth during the fair.

The Birthing Barn is hosted by Tim Edwards and Jennifer Apala of Edwards Feeds in Lebanon. The livestream which has gained millions of views around the world will continue around the clock. Live streams will include The Birthing Barn on YouTube, and Agricultural Learning Center – Lebanon TN – Wilson County Facebook page and others .

Trip to Tennessee and Other Exhibits

The Turner Evans building will have a painting on the state floor with each county laid out. Each county will also have an exhibit that highlights the region.

A new 4-H and Future Farmers of America building will open for exhibits from statewide organizations. And a new building to house perishables for state exhibitions will also be used.

2021 First Place and Best of Show winners from county fairs statewide in approved categories will be held at the Farm Bureau Expo building.

Hay, representing this year’s theme, will also hail from across the state.

A new Made in Tennessee building will not be available for this year’s show, but should be ready for 2023.

Tennessee FFA Ham Breakfast

A state fair event drew about 1,200 people and raised about $125,000 in the first year in Wilson County.

The FFA Ham Breakfast benefits its chapters in Tennessee schools. The breakfast peaked at about 500 people in Nashville, organizers said.

This year’s FFA Ham Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 22, at the Farm Bureau Expo Center.

State Comptroller of the Treasury Jason Mumpower is the honorary breakfast chair. Governor Bill Lee is to attend the breakfast.

For more information, call 931-372-6050 or email [email protected]

Braylen Stewart and Aniston Stewart participate in a carnival game on the first day of the combined Wilson County Fair and Tennessee State Fair in Lebanon Thursday, August 12, 2021.


Metal detectors at every door will be put in place as a further security enhancement.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office will have personnel on the ground with personnel assigned to a mobile command monitoring surveillance cameras at all times.

Several county, city and state agencies will also be involved, including the Lebanese Police Department.

No weapons or weapons are allowed.

Photo booths at each gate are encouraged for parents and guardians to assist law enforcement and workers in case young children are separated.

Clear bags are recommended – no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

Car park

Preferred parking at the Ward Agricultural Center is $10. There is also free parking at the exhibition center and free satellite parking every day with shuttles to and from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Satellite pick-up locations include:

  • Cumberland University Football Ground, 415 Harding Drive, Lebanon
  • Wilson County Courthouse at 228 E. Main St., Lebanon
  • First Baptist Church, 227 East Main Street, Lebanon
  • City Baseball Stadium Lots, 416 Baird Circle, Lebanon

More paved intersections and cameras are designed to speed up traffic. TDOT will have overpass cameras on Interstate 40 to give parking personnel a head start on volume expectations.

Fiddlers Grove Historic Village

The village within the Ward Agricultural Center will have different demonstrations such as cast iron cooking, gourd art, blacksmithing, quilting and basket weaving. There will also be storytelling and several of the musical stages can be found in Fiddlers Grove. The general store will be open selling fried baloney and coke floats.

A goat is pictured on the first day of the combined Wilson County Fair and Tennessee State Fair in Lebanon Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Popular daily attractions

The Poultry and Rabbit Barn is a daily draw.

The Family Fun Zone includes the petting zoo. Circle C pig races will take place several times a day. The AgVenture barn will include a Tennessee agricultural exhibit and activities such as the corn maze.

More time to prepare in 2022

The first Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair in 2021 had only a few months to prepare for the merger after it was approved. The fair was also hit by rain eight out of 10 days with COVID-19 as a backdrop.

The traditional Wilson County Fair, which for years has been known as one of the most important county fairs in the country, did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The merger got the State Fair out of a messy situation in Nashville due to the redevelopment of The Fairgrounds Nashville.

“The importance of platform certainty and stability in helping build the state fair cannot be overemphasized,” said U.S. Congressman John Rose, who previously served as Tennessee president. State Fair Association and served on the Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission. fair last year.

Contact Andy Humbles at [email protected] or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @AndyHumbles.


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