Yes, it’s that time once again! The Tennessee State Fair opens its gates to the public today! This year, the fair has promised to be bigger and better than ever as the Tennessee State Fair Association, who manages the event, boasts that “Tradition Lives On.”
Head to the fairgrounds anytime beginning Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 18th to enjoy and experience all of the fun performers, competitions and events happening daily. According to the Fair’s website, the must-see events this year are as follows:
1. Motor Sports Weekend – Enjoy three nights of motor sports at the Fairgrounds Speedway (Friday, 9/9 through Sunday 9/11).
2. Music – The fair features great artist performances for free! Entertainers this year include The Kentucky Headhunters with Redhead Express, Erica Lane with Morgann McClanahan, The Walker Boys, Rachael Mann and many, many more! Check out the Music tab here for a full list of musical performers.
3. Contests – Do you have a sweet tooth that can’t be beat? Consider competing to win the Champion title in the Ice Cream Eating Contest! Do you have hips that can really move? Then the Hula Hoop Contest might be your cup of tea! Do you have a voice that deserves to be heard? Get on stage and have a sing-off in the Karaoke Showdown! Other competitions include Cornhole Championships, Bench Press/Dead Lifts Championship and Talent Competition. For dates, sign-up times and competition times for all contests, click here.
4. Banana Derby – “America’s Favorite Monkey Jockeys.” Have you ever seen a Monkey Jockey, on top of a dog, race other Monkey Jockeys? Neither have we! Be sure to check out the Banana Derby at one of their three daily shows.
5. Celebrity Cow Milking – Nashville’s favorite Radio and TV personalities will compete in a cow milking competition in the Second Annual Celebrity Cow Milking Contest! Included on this year’s celebrity roster are News Channel 5’s Rhori Johnston, Marty McFly from 103.3 WKDR and Fox 17’s Stacy Case. For a complete list of celebrities, click here. The competition is Friday, 9/9 at 7 p.m.
6. Kenya Safari Acrobats – They are back for their fifth year in a row and sure to please as always! With shows three times daily, they will be showing off their acrobatic skills including, but not limited to, balancing on chairs, tumbling and fire eating!
7. Great Lakes Timber Show – Chainsaw carving, axe throwing, wood chopping, log rolling and on and on… This lumberjack show will make the entire family laugh! There will be three shows daily.
8. Volunteer Village – Check this out to see demonstrations in pottery-making, weaving, sewing, glass-blowing and more! This is also the location of pony rides and the famous traveling story teller, Riverboat John.
9. McDonald’s Kids Country – For those with little children, this will be their favorite place to visit at the Fair! Complete with a Bouncy Bounce, Hula Hoops, Sidewalk Chalk, barnyard animals and a swing set, your kids will be smiling all the way home after a visit to McDonald’s Kids Country.
10. Tiny Acres – This exhibit teachers children about agricultural life; educational and fun for the whole family!
11. SAW Wrestling Mayhem – Showtime All-Star Wrestling (SAW) is making its first appearance at the Tennessee State Fair this year! Give them a warm, Nashville welcome and sit back and enjoy their action-packed wrestling show.
12. Battle of the Bands – Come to the Sports Arena on Thursday, 9/15 to watch seven local bands compete for the $2,000 grand prize. The competition begins at 7 p.m. and there is a $10 admission ticket fee.
Tickets are available for purchase on-site:
- Adults (ages 13-54) $8
- Youth (ages 3-12) $5
- Seniors (ages 55+) $5
- Ages 2 and under are free
- Unlimited Ride Wristbands for Weekdays (Any one Monday-Friday) $25
- Unlimited Ride Wristbands for Weekend days are $30 (Any one Saturday or Sunday).
Hours of operation vary day to day, so be sure to check their website, www.tennesseestatefair.org, for daily hours of operation.