Fair attendance breaks records


Is the magical number of 500,000 attendees at this year’s Wilson County Fair fast approaching?

It might be, if the first four nights of the annual event are any indication.

“Our attendance is up 24,875 for the four days,” said Randall Clemons, secretary/treasurer of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., the group that puts on the fair each year.

Attendance through Monday night stood at 231,666. Attendance Saturday was the highest ever with 105,779 visitors, an increase for the first Saturday of the fair from last year of 6,920, he said.

Sunday’s attendance was 67,984, up 20,400 from last year. And Monday’s attendance was 23,871, an increase of 2,140 from 2008.

Country music singer/songwriter and Wilson County resident Darryl Worley performed in a concert sponsored by Burchett Ford Lincoln Mercury on Monday night at the Covered Arena.

“It was a big success. He did a great job,” Clemons said, adding Worley “went out and met the crowd.”

Clemons said fair officials plan to have another concert next year at the covered arena. About 3,000 people attended the concert.

The winner of the Car/Truck/Tractor Give-A-Way was announced last night. (See photo on page one for more information.)

There has been a winner in the $1,000 cash giveaway each night, so far, and you have a chance to win the money again tonight and Thursday. The drawings are at 8:30 p.m. in the Outdoor Arena.

Senior Citizens Day was Monday at the fair and about 1,200 seniors were fed a fine meal as part of the annual event.

The theme of the fair this year is “Celebrating 30 Years of Volunteers,” and more than 400 of them are helping in all kinds of ways to make the nine-day event a success.

“Our volunteers are doing a wonderful job,” Clemons added.

Tonight at the fair includes pageants, Johnny Counterfit and Anita Stapleton at the Fiddler’s Grove Opry at 6:45 p.m.; Johnny Carver on the Community Stage from 7 until 10 p.m. and more. See your Wilson County Fair catalog or visit online at www.wilsoncountyfair.net for more information on events and entertainment.

“We expect a big weekend,” he said, noting that “Mother Nature’s been very good to us.” The first three days of the fair found temperatures cooler than normal for August, but the mercury may climb a bit today before dropping slightly for the next few days.

With a big weekend in sight, Clemons said fair officials are working on parking issues to be able to accommodate expected crowds.

“We’re working on a provision for off-site parking this weekend,” he said, adding more information will be forthcoming.

Check The Wilson Post on Friday for more information regarding parking and the final weekend of the 2009 fair.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.