From Post staff reports
Wilson County Fair continues its award-winning ways with the announcement on Saturday that it had won the Champion Fair award in the AAA Division at the 88th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs in Nashville.
The fair also won numerous awards in the convention showcases.
The fair, which was held in August 2009 with its theme “Celebrating 30 Years of Volunteers,” had more than 18 new features added along with 17 major improvements. With 766 volunteers contributing more than 51,000 hours, the fair strives to offer everyone an experience to enjoy country things and simple pleasures found at county fairs, said Ken Givens, Tennessee commissioner of Agriculture.
Wilson County Fair saw increases in exhibitors of beef, dairy, sheep, swine, mules and draft horses, goats, and a large increase in poultry and rabbits. This represents an increase of 17 percent more in agricultural exhibits and a 26 percent increase in individuals exhibiting agriculture.
Live demonstrations included cooking, lye soap, salsa making, cornmeal and hominy, molasses, country ham, and open fire cooking. Others included weaving, metal working, blacksmith, sawmill and woodworking.
Officials said they feel the fair is made up of a diverse group of civic and community minded volunteers ranging from teachers and farmers, to accountants and business people who use their knowledge, enthusiasm, time, talents and involvement to help develop and grow new ideas at their fair.
Many new improvements wee made at the Wilson County Fair, Givens said, including paving, new ticket booth, sod and concrete, and the Master Gardeners began seven educational gardens with plans for more under way for next year. The fair's success, local fair officials said is "bringing people together and making them smile."
New features in 2009 included a Grist Mill, an original cobbler shop from around 1883 for the Fiddler’s Grove Pioneer Village, barrel races, 4-H state dairy judging, banana derby, shutterbug contests and much more.
The Wilson County Fair has been state division champion twice, division winner for three years and previous Champion of Champion for five different years.
Wilson County Fair has won the following awards in the past: Champion Fair- 1986, 1991, 1997, 1999, 2006 and 2009; Champion of Champion Award-1989,1992, 1993, 2000 and 2003; Most Improved Fair 1984; and Tennessee Premier Fair 2004.