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TN Beef Agribition under way at Ward Ag Center

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Working at the cow wash -- Mary Frances Smith gives this cow a wash in preparation for the Tennessee Beef Agribition this weekend at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. DALLUS WHITFIELD/The Wilson Post

Wilson County is host once again for the Tennessee Beef Agribition which kicks off today at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

The event could draw 12,000 to 15,000 people, depending on the weather, said Michael Butler, president of the Tennessee Beef Agribition and a cattleman from south of the Norene Community in Wilson County.

“We’re glad it’s here in the county,” he said.

The cattle shows get under way at noon today and will run until 6 p.m. and will feature seven or eight different breeds. Butler said those cattle will be up for sale at auction on Saturday during the event which will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

A Junior Show featuring young people will be held at 9 a.m., Sunday.

Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has been invited to visit the Agribition between 5 and 6 p.m., Friday, Butler said.

He noted that a Trade Show will also be held during the event with vendors from throughout the Southeast offering all kinds of wares, clothing, cattle equipment, pharmaceuticals and such available for purchase.

The Agribition, which moved to Wilson County in 2011 after being held in Murfreesboro for a number of years, is designed, Butler said, “to create interest in our cattle.” It allows for the purchase of “good, quality cattle in one location,” he added, rather than traveling to other sites.

Butler noted that all of the motels were full and that restaurant owners should be happy with all the customers they should see this weekend with people from across the state attending the event.

He praised the staff at the Ward Ag. Center noting they, along with volunteers, have been working for some time to get the facilities and grounds ready for the Agribition.

“They do a tremendous amount of work. There is a lot of physical labor,” he noted.

The Tennessee Beef Agribition is open to the public, and admission is free. Concessions are available.

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

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