By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- A weekend of exceptional weather helped the Wilson County Fair reach record-breaking attendance with the event posting its highest ever total for the full nine days, and also breaking many single-day attendance records.
The overall attendance topped out at 545,945, according to numbers released Sunday, and the final Saturday night set an all time single-day record with 109,603 in attendance.
In 2009, the Fair set its previous all-time record with an attendance of 505,434. Attendance numbers increased every day except two, Thursday and the final Friday, to carry the 2011 Fair into the record books.
Wilson County Commission honored the Fair Board of Directors and all the volunteers during its Monday night meeting with a special resolution recognizing their efforts.
This year was a big hats off to all the volunteers and workers who make this possible, said Hale Moss, president of Wilson County Promotions, Inc., which sponsors the Fair each year.
District 14 Commissioner Jeff Joines said while he was traveling out of state, he picked up a paper that listed Things to do in the South this summer.
For the month of August, he pointed out the Wilson County Fair was the number one thing for people to experience in Tennessee.
John Jewell, director of the Wilson County Emergency Agency, said there were no serious health issues during the entire run of the fair. There were no deaths, thankfully, however he did point out they treated a broken leg and a few other injuries. In all, Jewell said WEMA responded to 24 calls at the Fair over the full nine days.
Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said his department had no problems during the Fair at all and commended all the volunteers involved in the event and the officers working to keep those in attendance safe.
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