LEBANON – Ready for the time of your life? Get your senses ready for the sight of carnival lights and rides, the taste of delicious Fair food, the sound of laughter and squeals of delight and the feeling of making great memories that will last a lifetime as Mid-South Ford proudly presents the 2021 Wilson County Fair – Tennessee State Fair opening Thursday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. and running through Saturday, Aug. 21. Fairgoers can take advantage of our half price admission and $1 ride night (with a minimum purchase of $10 in ride tickets) on opening night. There is so much to see and do you can’t see it all in one visit!
Honoring our agriculture roots of the Fair, this year’s agriculture commodity focus will be the “Year of Beef.” American Ninja Warrior and cowboy ninja, Lance Pekus, will be here all 10 days of the Fair for a meet and greet and to run the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” Ninja Course presented by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council! Times for those who want to try the course just for fun will also be available. Beef will also be celebrated at the Big Beef Showdown presented by Burger Republic on Saturday, Aug. 14. Delicious smells will be wafting through the air as a panel of judges from the World Food Championship determines our winners.
This year’s Fair theme is “Honoring Hometown Heroes.” Every day at the Fair, we will be honoring, thanking and celebrating different Hometown Heroes! Watch our social media (Facebook @wilsoncountyfair and Instagram @wilsoncountyfair) for details about who was nominated and selected to be honored.
Exhibits, pageants, livestock shows, commercial booths, the Ag Venture Barn, hypnotists, exotic animals, a circus, clowns, and a ventriloquist, along with many different music acts and more will ensure that there is something for all ages to enjoy!
Bates Ford presents in concert The Frontmen of Country with Janelle Arthur opening that will hit the Entertainment Stage on Monday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. Throughout the 10 days of the Fair, there will be much more entertainment on all eight musical stages.
The Motor Sports arena will feature Super and Tractor pulls, Antique Tractor Pull, Four Wheeler Rodeo, Side-by Side and Demolition and Lawn Mower Derbies.
Take a stroll back in time by visiting Fiddlers Grove Historic Village with over 60 buildings where artisans and storytellers will share Untold Stories celebrating 225 years of statehood for the state of Tennessee. See the operating grist mill, broom and sorghum making, glass blowing and much more. Get your team ready for the Outhouse Races to win some great prizes. More details about registering are on the Fair’s website (www.wilsoncountyfair.net).
The midway carnival will be spectacular thanks to Reithoffer Shows. Over 60 fantastic rides will include 28 kiddie rides, 17 major rides, six spectacular rides, 10 super spectacular rides plus the Euro Slide.
Satellite parking is available at multiple locations this year. In addition to the Cumberland University football field parking and Baird Park (415 Harding Dr.), First Baptist Church (227 E. Main St. and Market St.) along with the Wilson County Courthouse (228 E. Main St.) will have shuttles stopping continuously during the following times: Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Shuttle Stops in those parking locations will be marked for bus pick up locations.
Buy your tickets on-line now at www.wilsoncountyfair.net. Daily admission tickets are on sale through the Fair. Mega Tickets (for a single admission and ride pass) are only on sale until Aug. 11 and can be purchased on-line or at local banks.