County fair all abuzz with limited days of fun to go

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When organizers reflect upon this year’s county fair, weather will very likely top the list of memories.

During the first three days of this year’s fair, which is celebrating 15 years after a 55-year hiatus, the midway had to be shut down at least six times because of lightning in the area.

Many attending the fair simply turned the situation into an opportunity and spent the down time inside the air-conditioned arena watching shows and checking out exhibits they might not have seen. 

On Monday, Gov. Bill Lee and Sen. Marsha Blackburn showed up for the annual 4-H livestock auction and addressed the young people who raised the steers, lambs and goats that were set to be auctioned.

Lee recalled when he participated in the 4-H livestock program when he was young and also when he helped his own children when they participated.

“What’s happening here is something special, and we’ve got to support things like this across the state,” Lee said. “To the potential buyers, it’s important to support these kids. For many, it’s their college fund.”

Blackburn spoke of the lessons she learned through her 4-H experiences and the 4-H scholarship that helped her with college expenses.

Cigna purchased a 1,145-pound steer belonging to Cole Roberson and donated it to Room at The Inn to feed the homeless. In the true generous spirit of Williamson County, the donation was made easier for Room at The Inn to accept when a meat processor waived his processing fee.

The fair recognizes the many aspects of agriculture as a way of life or as a hobby. Livestock shows, Little 1s farming, the Children’s Barnyard, demonstrations from honey extraction to ham curing and live milking as well as numerous exhibits throughout the fair, including activities in the 4-H and Youth Village, tell the story of the many facets of agriculture.

Visitors can walk through a butterfly garden and relax as butterflies flutter around and land on heads, arms and cheeks in the 4-H and Youth Village in the arena. 

Youngsters can enjoy building wooden projects provided by The Home Depot, shooting a drone, creating robots and participating in a variety of creative activities.

The fair also features live entertainment on an outdoor stage, performances by the XPOGO Stunt Team and Jurassic Kingdom inside the arena and BMX Trickstars and Piccolo Zoppe Circus at the upper midway area. 

The Historic Village provides a glimpse into what life in Williamson County was like more than 100 years ago, while the cultural arts area inspires budding artists to do more. 

The midway has three new rides this year. The Triple Ferris Wheel for the daring, the Barnyard ride for young children and the NYC Taxi bumper cars. Returning to the midway are longtime favorites such as the Pirate Ship, the Himalayan, the Cyclops, Zoovogle and more.

With just three days left, there’s still time to join the fun. Still ahead are several livestock shows and demonstrations, mule pulls, a 4-H Chick Chain Show and Sale and a 4-H fashion show.

A large array of culinary, quilt, clothing and other creative projects are on display and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation provides daily electrical safety demonstrations.

The fair will run from 6 to 10 p.m. today and Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday. The midway closes at 11 p.m. today and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. 

Tickets are $9, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Go to www.williamsoncountyfair.org for daily admission specials and midway specials.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Parking is free and admission includes all demonstrations, displays, entertainment and activities but not food, midway rides ormidway games.

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