Despite stormy nights, fair drew large crowds

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Williamson County Fair 2019

The Midway

Although weather toyed with the Williamson County Fair and caused some fairgoers to alter plans, people still came and enjoyed nine days of good family fun, fair food and entertainment in a safe and clean environment. 

According to Fair Board Chairman Rogers Anderson, half of the days experienced some inclement weather and some of that weather damaged tents and awnings. Plus, on two nights, the midway had to be shut down early.

Still, Anderson says everything else made up for a very successful run.

“It looks like we were able to make up for the adverse conditions and I predict, when all the information is in and bills paid, it will be the second-best fair on record,” he said. “Williamson County residents once again demonstrated if we provide a clean, safe, alcohol-free fair and the weather is good, they’re going to come out and support it.”

The fair provided entertainment for everyone. Lady Houdini returned and drew some large crowds, especially when rain shut down the midway. Jurassic Kingdom was a favorite with young wanna-be paleontologists and the Xpogo stunt team wowed every age with its high-jumping extreme stunts on a pogo stick. 

Returning with a new routine, the BMX Bikers captured the imagination of young daredevils and the not-so-young once-upon-a-time daredevils.

Piccolo Zoppe Circus provided a trip into the past with high-wire and ropes acts, dog tricks, horse performances, jugglers and, of course, an energetic and comical clown. The performers received standing ovations after every show.

This year’s Sing Your Heart Out showcased young talent from elementary ages through high school. A storm interrupted Tuesday’s show on the Nissan Bluegrass stage after the middle school performances, so high school contestants performed early on Wednesday. 

The elementary school winner was Phoebe White, followed by Chase Duncan, in second place, and Sara Kate Wright, in third place.

The middle school winner was Katie Duncan, followed by Zoe Hawkersmith and Haley Hornby.

The high school winner was Maddie Donahue, with London Snell taking second and Anna Beth Shults taking third place.

White, who impressed the judges with her talent and stage presence, was the overall winner. In addition to her $500 first-place age-group prize, she also received a $1,000 overall prize.

The annual fair pageants took place at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park. Winners were Grace Barrett (Baby Miss Daisy), Joseph West (Baby Mister), Ellie Trine (Tiny Miss), Alexander Rocha (Tiny Mister), Blaire Jezierny (Toddler Miss), Sutton Jezierny (Petite Miss), Amelia Hebert (Little Miss), Faith Hasna (Junior Miss), Anna Grace Caesar (Teen Miss) and Carsyn Hughes (Fairest of the Fair). Look for the list of runners up at www.williamsonherald.com.

Many people are drawn to the fair for the tasty funnel cakes, homemade ice cream, fresh lemonade, barbecue turkey legs, sausage sandwiches and fried cuisine from chicken to Oreos and pickles. For most, it’s a combination of the exhibits, displays, entertainment, activities and chance to meet up with old friends and neighbors.

“I want to thank our sponsors, our board members and above all, the more than 2,200 volunteers who put up with the rain and the heat to make this the single largest event in the county,” Anderson said. “Besides being such a fun, family event, it has a sizable economic affect on the county.”

Carole Robinson may be contacted at crobinson@williamsonherald.com.

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