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Volunteers make it work year after year after year

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By SAM HATCHER           The publicity generated by the Wilson County Fair for this community is absolutely astonishing.           While many of us realize this, it still is amazing to me to have a telephone conversation or a business meeting with someone from out-of-town and they ask, “What’s the best night to go to your county fair?”

I literally just hung up the telephone from a caller in East Tennessee who asked about the fair’s attendance record (505,434 this year) and then, he asked, “What do you all do down there to make that fair work?”           It’s about volunteers.           It’s about a community that comes together once a year to volunteer its time to produce one of the nation’s top 50 county fairs.            Hundreds work annually at the fair volunteering their time.

They take a week or longer off from their regular employment positions. They use vacation days. And they work at the fair for no pay and little recognition.

They are a legion of unpaid volunteers.            So important are volunteers to the Wilson County Fair that this year’s fair was actually dedicated to the army of volunteers who have staffed it for 30 years.           Congratulations to the Wilson County Fair for another successful year and thanks from all of us to the hundreds of volunteers for making this spectacular event possible.

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