By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
There are two new at-large members of the board that operates the Wilson County Fair each year.
Karen Johnson and Jimmy Comer were tabbed to serve as the newest members during a meeting held Jan. 31.
They join other at-large members Joe Holbrook, Nelson Steed, who previously served as vice president of the executive board; Johnny Knowles and Donnie Steed.
Also elected at the meeting were members of the executive board of Wilson County Promotions, Inc. They are Hale Moss, president; James Spears, vice president; Randall Clemons, treasurer; and Terry McPeak, secretary.
This is our slate of officers and executive committee for 2013, said Helen McPeak, executive director of the fair.
She noted that they serve a one-year term of office.
And with the first meeting of the year, plans are already under way for the fair which is to be held Aug. 16-24 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.
McPeak said fair officials are already working to make improvements to roads inside the fairgrounds to improve the parking areas.
The theme of the event is Taste the Fun at the 2013 Wilson County Fair.
McPeak added that the agricultural commodity has also been decided upon, and it will be the year of the Honeybee.
By selecting the Honeybee, she noted fair officials hope everyone will take the opportunity to learn more about them and their importance to agriculture and the food we eat and added it was also a great way to promote the fair.
The fair will feature cooking demonstrations using honey in the Family and Consumer Sciences area.
There will be the annual motorsports, livestock and poultry shows, entertainment and more at the fair, McPeak said.
Asked if fair board members and volunteers might be said to be, er, busy as bees, planning for the fair, McPeak laughed and said yes. Were busy as bees for another great year. She added, People are excited about getting ready for the (fair).