Lincoln County Fair is among fairs across Tennessee celebrating awards they have earned for showcasing agriculture in communities large and small.
Lincoln County Fair won first runner-up in the AA Division, with Dickson County taking the state championship title in the division. Other winners in the division were Lauderdale County Fair, second runner-up, and Franklin County Fair, most improved.
The statewide Fair Showcase offered prize money and awards in 36 categories, including best fair catalog, website and educational displays, promotional videos, posters, scrapbooks, creative ideas, and free-standing and table-top exhibits. In its 21st year, the competition drew 504 entries from 38 fairs.
In the showcase competition, the Lincoln County Fair took first place in video and first place in creative fair idea (agricultural) and second place in quilt (machine pieced and machine quilted).
“The state convention is always a good opportunity for our fair board to see what other fair boards and fairs do,” said Randy Cowley, president of the Lincoln County Fair Association. “We attend a lot of a workshops and converse with representatives of the 61 fairs in our state, and it’s always great to come back with ideas that we can use here.
“I am happy with the awards we won,” he added. “We worked hard to get them, and we appreciate the work that all of our volunteers do. Of course, we hope to win more next year!”
Approximately 850 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards recognition dinner program during the 97th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs (TAF) held Jan. 17-21 in Nashville.
“Fairs highlight the best that our farms, farmers, and communities offer in the state,” Commissioner of Agriculture Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “Agriculture education is so important, especially in a time when fewer people are directly connected with farming and the sources of wholesome food and fiber.”
The top award went to the Warren County Fair, which was named the Champion of Champions Fair for 2018. The Champion of Champions is selected form the 2017 Division Winners.
Phil Booher, manager of the Appalachian Fair in Gray will serve as 2019 president for TAF.
“The fairs of Tennessee wouldn’t be possible without the thousands of volunteers who give so much of their time and efforts,” Booher said. “I’m proud to be in their ranks, and to now serve as president.”
In 2018, almost three million visitors attended county, regional, and state fairs in Tennessee, which generated $12 million in gross receipts. More than 19,000 volunteers devoted valuable time and resources to the events featuring more than 200,000 agricultural exhibits. Some 26,000 exhibitors showcased livestock, farm crops, and other agricultural assets.