“Tradition Lives On” | Tennessee State Fair 2012

Fall is just around the corner and with this time of year comes Tennessee’s Annual State Fair – the 106th annual to be exact!

Once again dubbed the “Tradition Lives On,” this years fair, happening at the State Fair Grounds from the 7th-16th of September. This year’s fair will showcase the culture of the entire state of Tennessee making it a true state fair. It will emphasize agriculture and youth, heritage and future and work to educate and entertain all attendees.

As previously mentioned, this year is the 106th time for the state fair to be held. Every year since 1906 (with the exception of a four-year span during World War II) the fair has lived on, entertaining and education families statewide. The event did not cancel during the Great Depression, or when a fire nearly destroyed all of the fairgrounds in ’65, and another fire that ruined the coliseum in ’70, rather it continued through the hardships to bring happiness and fun to the state.

Today, the Tennessee State Fair attracts more than 230,000 visitors and participants each year, with recent trends showing a steady growth in popularity.

This year there are 8 ‘Must See’ events. When you head to the fair this year, make sure to add some of these items to your list!

1. Green Collar Exhibit – This exhibit will provide education exhibits and demonstrations focusing on green, sustainable practices. Some of those exhibits include a discussion on the use of rotational cattle grazing for its benefits for soil and animals and using used cooking oil to provide biodiesel fuel. Other exhibits will provide attendees with practical ways to be green, such as composting, food preservation, no-till gardening, heirloom gardening and backyard poultry. Click here for more information.


2. Kenya Safari Acrobats – The acrobats have been performing and wowing Tennesseans at the State Fair for six years now! This year, in three shows, they will amaze you with their fire eating, balancing acts, tumbling and limbo-ing! For more information about these incredible performers, click here.


3. Racing – The races at the speedway provide a great way for attendees of all ages to have fun and get active. There will be a wide variety of races on Sept. 8 sure to please everyone in your family. For more information about the Speedway events. click here.


4. Volunteer Village - This exhibit allows attendees the chance to see how things were done “in the old days.” Demonstrations include grist mill, pottery, weaving, sewing, glass blowing and more. This is also where Riverboat John can be found, sharing his famous stories, as well as pony rides suitable for the kids.


5. Hedrick’s Racing Pigs - Who doesn’t want to see cute little pigs race around a track? This seems to be the recipe for fun: Pig-athletes dressed in silks + 3 races + 4 Pigs per race + 4 shaker people + 1 supreme prize (the cookie!) = 20 minutes of pure joy and excitement, sure to entertain everyone in your group of friends and family. Click here to learn more about Hedrick’s Athletic Pigs.


6. Ag Museum - The Ag Museum showcases some of their extensive collection f home and farm artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries along with rural Tennessee prints. Check out this exhibit to see textiles, a woodworking collection, buggies, wagons and other items. Click here for more information.


7. SAW Wrestling Mayhem -Showtime All-Star Wrestling (SAW) is making it’s way to the Tennessee State Fair this year! This action-packed show features throwback style wrestling as well as past, present and future stars. Don’t miss out! Click here for more information.


8. Equestrian Exhibits – This year there will be several equestrian exhibits for horse lovers from the novice to more seasoned. Events include the Open Breed Horse Show, equine clinics, the Walking Horse Show and more. Click here for the full schedule.


And much, much more… aside from the above events and happenings, don’t miss out on exhibits featuring model trains, weight lifting, cloggers, twirlers, karaoke, barnyard animals, a western show and of course… music!

The Tennessee State Fair will be held from September 7th-16th. For more information including information about ticket pricing, discounts, and full event schedules, visit the fair’s website here.

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