Celebrating the ‘Year of Beef’ at the Wilson County Fair-Tennessee State Fair

Powered by beef, the Cowboy Ninja Warrior Lance Pekus will be showcased at the 2021 Wilson County Fair - Tennessee State Fair.

LEBANON — Beef. It’s what’s for dinner and will be the Agriculture Commodity celebrated at the 2021 Wilson County Fair-Tennessee State Fair from Aug. 12 – 21 at the James E. Ward Ag Center in Lebanon. Learn how to be “powered by beef” from Lance Pekus, the Cowboy Ninja Warrior who will be on site for meet-and-greets as well as showcasing the “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner Ninja Course” during the entire Fair. Fun fact about Lance is he is now headed to the Finals of the Ninja Warrior Competition shown on NBC on Monday nights. 

The Tennessee Beef Industry Council is the presenting sponsor of this great new Ninja course where men and women Ninja Warriors who are 13 years old and older can compete for up to $13,000 in total cash prizes. Top 20 male and female contestants will compete in the finals on Saturday, Aug. 21. Register online at www.befitaf.com/beef. The course created by Adventure Fitness will also be open to those who want to try their hand on a real Ninja Warrior Course just for fun. Thanks also to our other sponsors including the Tennessee Department of Tourism and RefrigiWear and who are making this exciting new event possible at the 2021 Fair. 

Visit the Beef Exhibits in the Farm Bureau Expo Center to learn even more about beef cuts, cooking and great recipes. From “Gate to Plate,” the process of putting beef on our tables to eat will be showcased. “Beef is a top agriculture commodity throughout the state of Tennessee, so it’s a great fit that beef will be celebrated at the 2021 Fair,” stated Randall Clemons, President of Wilson County Promotions. Our Fair’s roots run deep as an agriculture Fair, and we are committed to continuing education of our fairgoers about beef. 

Are you a grill master who wants an opportunity to show off your skills and win some great prizes? We have a great opportunity for you to celebrate beef at the Taste of Tennessee Big Beef Showdown on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2021. Burger Republic presents this great competition and is bringing in the World Food Championships to judge all the delicious burgers and steaks. The winning burger could be featured on the Burger Republic menu for a month after the 

Fair. You can grill your best burger or steak and win great cash prizes along with a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships in Dallas, TX, in November of 2021. Check out the competition and how to register at www.wilsoncountyfair.net. Registration is open until August 1, so get your team registered today! 

Speaking of cooking contests, the Fair is also hosting the Tennessee Apple Pie contest to find the best pie in the state. You can register on-line (at www.wilsoncountyfair.net) then bring your recipe and delicious apple pie to compete on Sunday, August 15, in the Farm Bureau Expo Center for the 2021 State Championship. Cash and prizes will be awarded, so practice your baking and pull out your best recipe for your chance to win big! 

Beef Cattle Shows will also take place throughout this year’s Fair. Their schedule includes the following shows:

Thursday, August 12 – Braham Show  

Friday, August 13 – Junior Hereford Show 

Saturday, August 14 – Tennessee Hereford State Show 

Sunday, August 15 – American Angus Association ROV Show, Chianina & Chiangus Show, Limousin Show and Tennessee Junior Shows for each breed 

August 20 – AOB, Salers and Simmental Shows and Tennessee Junior Shows for each breed 

Saturday, August 21 – Shorthorn and Shorthorn Plus Show, Tennessee State Red Angus Show, Tennessee State Charolais 

Show, Gelbvieh Show and Tennessee Junior Shows for each breed 

Sunday, August 22 – Beef Steer Show, Beef Commercial Heifer Show (4-H and FFA only) 

There are so many competitions, exhibits, entertainers, thrilling rides, livestock and exotic animals at this year’s Fair that you need to plan more than one visit to take in everything that’s on the fairgrounds during the 10-day Fair.

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