163rd Annual White County Agricultural Fair starts Friday

By | August 31, 2017 6:23 am

The carnival rides and midway attractions at the White County Fairgrounds are ready for the weeklong festivities at this year’s White County Agricultural Fair. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The bright lights of the midway, the smells of food, and the plentiful exhibits will be back once again this weekend for the White County Fair.

Established in 1855, the White County Agricultural Fair, which is set for Sept. 1-9, has been bringing together families, friends, business owners, and rural and urban communities within White County for memory making fun.

This year’s theme for the White County Fair is “Put on Your Fair Face.” “Selfie” stations will be located around the fairgrounds as a way to capture a person’s “fair face” and create new memories at the White County Fair. Participants are encouraged to share their photos on social media using the hashtag #TNFairFaces.

Many of the things that make the fairs iconic, including pageants, carnival rides, fair food, exhibits, tractor pulls, ATV races, and more, will be here for the White County Fair once again.

A summary of some of this year’s White County Agricultural Fair events include the following:

-Friday, Sept. 1, features Senior Citizens Day starting at 9:30 a.m. and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.

-Saturday, Sept. 2, entries for the various exhibits at the Cultural Arts Building, 4-H Benton Building, and the Poultry House will be 8 a.m.-noon. The Truck and Tractor Pull will begin at 7 p.m.

-Sunday, Sept. 3, baby pageants will start at 2 p.m., and Gospel Sunday events will take place 3-9 p.m.

-Monday, Sept. 4, exhibit buildings are open to the public. Opening ceremonies and the Labor Day pageantry begin at 5 p.m.

-Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Beef Show will take place at 5 p.m., and the elementary schools’ track and field competitions will begin at 6 p.m.

-Wednesday, Sept. 6, White County Pacesetters Day is scheduled for 10 a.m., the Dairy Show will take place at 6 p.m., and the backhoe competition begins at 7:30 p.m.

-Thursday Sept. 7, ATV and motorcycle races begin at 6:30 p.m.

-Friday, Sept. 8, the “County Fair Cruz-In” starts at 5 p.m., and the Open-to-World Walking Horse Show will take place at 6:30 p.m. Four on the Floor concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

-Saturday, Sept. 9, Open-to-World draft horse and mule show begins at 11 a.m., and archery, corn hole, and demolition derby competitions take place throughout the evening. “The Connection” band will also be performing starting at 7 p.m. (between the rounds of derby).

This year, gate admission will be free on Sept. 1, and the fair will be holding a food drive (one can of food per person or $2 admission fee) on Sept. 3. All other nights of the fair, admission will be $5.

Once again, James Gang Amusements is providing the midway attractions for the White County Fair. Armbands for rides will be $20 per person each night, except Sept. 1, 2, 5, and 7, when armbands will be $15. Kids’ Day will be Sept. 3, and armbands will be $15, 3-9 p.m.

For more information about the 163rd Annual White County Agricultural Fair, see a copy of this year’s fair book or see the fair’s website at www.whitecountyagfair.com

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