Fair numbers record breaking
By SABRINA GARRETT
To quote Mary Poppins, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was the only word elaborate enough to describe the 2013 Wilson County Fair, said Wilson County Promotions President Hale Moss.
The fair had recording-breaking attendance this number surpassing the 545,945 guests who attended in 2011. This years 589,229 guests ventured from near and far to Taste the Fun (the theme of this years fair), ride the rides and participate in contests and pageants at the 2013 Wilson County Fair.
A representative of the fair office said they had a busy weekend, with 57,490 attendees on Friday and 123,953 on Saturday. Even folks who did not attend this weekend expected colossal numbers on Saturday, when traffic was backed up on I-40 and Maddox Simpson with families in route to the fair.
The fair kicked-off on Friday, Aug. 16, with a weekend of fun. The Ms. Tennessee Senior America Pageant was held on Saturday, Aug. 17 in the Opry Pavilion and was won by Mt. Juliets Deborah Williams. On Sunday, the crowds were Wild About Hair at the inaugural beauty and design competition. Asante Salon and Day Spa placed first, second and third in the competition. Stylists Kim Bush, Jennie Walpole, Rachel Beechboard, Ashley Laude and Nikki Womack gladly accepted the honors. The Wild About Hair Peoples Choice Award went to the stylists at Lookers Salon.
More than 20 young ladies ages 16 to 21 competed in the Fairest of the Fair pageant on Monday evening, but Friendship Christian student Mikayla Taylor walked away with the crown. Although she had many responsibilities on Tuesday, Taylor arrived at the arena for the Great Give-away drawing at 8:30 p.m. She selected from a cylinder full of over 500,000 raffle tickets the prize ticket which belonged to Robert Fugate of Lebanon. Fugate passed up on the assortment of vehicles in favor of a John Deere tractor.
On Wednesday night, country superstar John Michael Montgomery performed a free concert for fans, courtesy of Tony Bates and Bates Ford.
Although the funnel cake stands and rides have packed up and gone away locals are still buzzing about the fair excitement and eagerly anticipating another grand event in 2014.
I think that it was an event where the stars aligned. The weather was great and it was a fabulous showcase of everything that Wilson County is. All of our friends and neighbors came to check it out, Moss said, adding a special thank you to volunteers and public safety and law enforcement agencies. Hats off to the volunteers and those agencies that kept us safe and the traffic moving. It was a great community effort.