About The Fair

MissionBoard of Directors | Our Humble Thanks


The Tennessee State Fair proudly presents “A Tennessee Tradition,” its theme for the 2016 edition of this landmark event, which was inaugurated more than 150 years ago.

This year’s Fair continues the longstanding traditions of family entertainment, educational experiences and state pride.

Operated and managed by a volunteer board, the Fair invites you to share in the excitement of this year’s ten day extravaganza beginning Friday, September 9 and continuing through Sunday, September 18.

The Tennessee State Fair is an annual event that highlights what makes America and Tennessee great. Across the country, State Fairs are more than just a good time. They are hands-on exhibits of how we live our lives.

The Fair features arts and crafts, explores agriculture and allows attendants to have new and exciting experiences. From honoring the State’s best homemade apple pie to the thrilling rides, the Tennessee State Fair has something for everyone to enjoy.


The Tennessee State Fair Association was formed to promote the education of agriculture, horticulture, the creative arts, performing arts, industry, commerce, recreation, economic development, natural resources, and related areas to the public, through the planning, promotion, conduct, and operation of an annual Tennessee State Fair.

Board of Directors



John W. Rose, President Boson Software, LLC

Former Commissioner of Agriculture

Hickman, TN



Emily Pitcock, Executive Secretary Tennessee Association of Fairs

Fayetteville, TN



William T. Cheek, III

Bone McAllester Norton

Nashville, TN


Justin Crowe, Extension Specialist,

4-H Youth Development

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN


William N. “Bill” Carter

Attorney & Event Producer

Lebanon, TN


Joe Gaines, Retired

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Brentwood, TN


Senator Joe Haynes

Haynes, Freeman & Bracey, PLC

Nashville, TN



Representative Andy Holt


Tennessee House of Representatives

Dresden, TN


Sam Jackson, Ph.D.

The University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN



Debra Kenerson, State Statistician,

Eastern Mountain Region


Tennessee Field Office Brentwood, TN


Tom Lane, Businessman/ Farmer

Atwood, TN



Bill Mullins, Former Executive Director

Tennessee Association of Craft Artists

Nashville, TN


Deborah Varallo, President

Varallo Public Relations

Nashville, TN

Our Humble Thanks

The Tennessee State Fair Association would like to acknowledge all the state and local agencies and educational institutions for their participation and support of the Tennessee State Fair, including but not limited to:

Many people and organizations are required to make the Tennessee State Fair a success. We’d like to express our utmost gratitude to the many volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and neighbors who come together each year to support the Fair.

In Kind Support:

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