Muddy Roots Music Presents Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners at the TN State Fair

Nashville-based promoter will spotlight the sounds of traditional country music in a classic setting. Nashville, Tenn. — Over 100,000 people will hear authentic “Workingman Country” music at this year’s Tennessee State Fair. Indie music promoter Muddy Roots Music will be curating the first country music stage at the Tennessee State Fair in many years and will feature up-and-coming hardcore honky tonk traditionalist Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners in a 9-day residency, along with a number of other acts emphasizing the sounds of classic country music. “Country music has a long history of partnerships with state fairs, and the fair circuit was an important venue for country music touring shows for decades,” Muddy Roots Music president Jason Galaz says. “We’re very happy to be renewing this tradition for a new generation of performers and music fans.” Pat Reedy & the Longtime Goners recently celebrated the release of their newest album, That’s All There Is. Writing about the album’s first single, “Nashville at 3AM,” Rolling Stone called Reedy a “sharp-tongued songwriter (that) sounds like a spiritual descendent of the town's famed outlaw generation.” In addition to headlining the country music stage for nine days, Reedy will also perform at the monster truck shows on the two opening nights of the Fair to an expected audience of 16,000 people each night. In addition to Reedy, Muddy Roots Music will be booking a variety of other tradition-steeped country music acts, along with special vendors in the stage area. “The mission of Muddy Roots has always been to promote country, blues, Americana, bluegrass, rock and everything in between through our events,” Galaz says. “We’ve pursued that vision through our annual festivals — Muddy Roots, Nashville Boogie, and the Music Valley Jamboree. We’re very honored to secure this partnership with the Tennessee State Fair and for the opportunity to spotlight the sounds of traditional country music in a classic setting.” The Tennessee State Fair will be held at the Tennessee State Fairground in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 7-16, 2018. More information and updated schedules are available at and at >>Continue Reading

Bigfoot Returns!

MUSIC CITY MONSTER MAYHEM is coming to the 2017 Tennessee State Fair with Bigfoot returning after a 15-year absence! Come out to the Fair on Friday, September 8 or Saturday, September 9 to see Big Foot take on the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business! Mix in quad racing and high-flying motocross and you’ve got the show of the season! Tickets are just $15 and include free fair admission and a free pass to the pit party, where drivers will be available for autographs and photo ops. The Pit Party starts at 6:30 each evening and the Monster Mayhem show starts at 8! All seats are general admission and the show will take place, rain or shine. >>Continue Reading

State Fair names award in honor of Hale Moss

The Tennessee State Fair's Distinguished Service Award, presented annually at a special ceremony during the fair's 10-day run in Nashville, will be named in honor of the late Hale Moss of Mt. Juliet. Moss, long-time president of the Wilson County Fair, died in April at the age of 68. Members of the Tennessee State Fair Association (TSFA) Board of Directors approved the motion to name the award in honor of Moss at its May meeting, citing his many contributions to the State Fair, agriculture and his leadership role in reviving the Wilson County Fair and making it one of the best county fairs in the South. Read the Full Article on >>Continue Reading

Novice pie baker wins Tennessee State Fair contest

Excerpt from She’d only been baking pies since the beginning of the summer, but that didn’t keep Colleen Krause from entering one of the state’s most high-profile baking contests. And to beat all odds, or at least 35 other entries competing in the Tennessee State Fair’s annual Apple Pie Contest, she won. But, as if this win wasn’t enough, the amateur baker, wife and mother of five who oversees contracts for a Nashville health care distribution company, also placed second in the Dole dessert contest at the fair and was named the State Fair’s Baker of the Year after placing 10 separate entries in various fair baking competitions. That’s right. Krause, who lives in Hermitage, put her limited baking experience up against some of Tennessee’s finest and came out a huge winner. Read the full article here! >>Continue Reading

Two State Fair Champion hams sell at auction Monday for a whopping $8,900

Two Tennessee State Fair champion country hams that were sold at auction Monday at the Annual FFA Ham Breakfast in Nashville brought a whopping $8,900. Buyer, Jack Stites of J&S Construction Cookeville, paid $4,500 for the first ham sold, a country style trim product, while Farm Credit Mid-America bought the second State Fair champion entry, a packing house trim ham, for $4,400. The two champion hams were entered in the State Fair annual ham competition by David and Betsa Holden of Lynnville. The country style trim entry was a product of David Holden and the second ham was entered by his wife Betsa. Sponsored by the Future Farmers of America and held at the State Fair, the $30 per plate breakfast attracted more than 550 attendees including U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (5th District), a host of Tennessee state senators and house members, a number of locally elected officials and a prominent list of state business and community leaders from one end of the state to the other. Chelsea Rose, Tennessee FFA Foundation executive director and the primary organizer of the event, said proceeds from the breakfast, which has now become an annual event after the inaugural breakfast last year, are contributed to the FFA Foundation to help fund a number of programs that serve the organization’s youth membership. Rose said the event was created as an effort to help bring together political and business leaders with leaders of the state’s agriculture industry and added that the funds contributed by sponsors of the breakfast and those buying tables and individual tickets help fund programs throughout the state in which FFA is involved. Jeff Aiken, president of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, was the keynote speaker for the event. The Tennessee State Fair which opened last Friday for a 10-day run will close Sunday, September 18. The State Fair, now more than 150 years old, has been held at the same site on the Nashville Fairgrounds since 1906. >>Continue Reading

Pageant contestants represent ‘best’ of Tennessee

Always a highlight of the of annual Tennessee Association of Fairs meeting in Nashville is the crowing of the State’s Fairest of the Fair. This year’s pageant proved to be no different. The queen and her court of runners-up are selected each year from a bouquet of beauties representing fairs from all across the Volunteer state. Among the unusual notes found at this year’s event was a queen whose mother won the same crown 26 years ago and two members of her court from the same county. Abbey Wilson, representing the Maury County Fair, was named the State’s Fairest of the Fair. Her mother, the late Kimberly Galloway, won the same honor in 1990. Wilson, a student at Zion Christian Academy, said before she entered the event she was competing in honor of her mother who died in 2013 after suffering a fall in her home. The state pageant’s first and third runners-up are both from Marshall County, live in Lewisburg, and both are classmates at Marshall County High School although one represented the Marshall County Fair and the other the Tennessee State Fair. Crowned first runner-up was Courtney Neill, Miss Marshall County Fair, and chosen third runner-up was Megan Ski Hollingsworth, Miss Tennessee State Fair. Hollingsworth, a high school cheerleader crowned Miss Tennessee State Fair back in September, is a typical teenager just as others who competed in the pageant. She lists on her Facebook page Justin Bieber as a favored recording artist, has a host of friends she communicates with routinely, is active in a plethora of school activities and professes publicly “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Hollingsworth is not unlike others who competed in the state pageant from small towns, rural counties, large cities and urban areas all across Tennessee. “She, as her fellow contestants, represents the very best our state has to offer. We see this every year in our State Fair pageant,” said Kinsey Emery, the events director for the Tennessee State Fair. “Young ladies from all over Tennessee come to Nashville to compete in our pageant every September. They are all beautiful and all very special. They are a credit to their communities and an inspiration for our future,” she said. Other runners-up in the 2016 Tennessee Association of Fairs pageant were Callie Corum, second runner-up, Claiborne County Fair; and Katie Rampaul, fourth runner-up, Dickson County Fair. [caption id="attachment_4366" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Abbey Wilson, Fairest of the Fair[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4367" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Courtney Neill, First Runner-Up[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4368" align="aligncenter" width="179"] Megan Ski Hollingsworth, Third Runner-Up[/caption]   >>Continue Reading

Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Annual Fair Event

The 2015 Tennessee State Fair will be in session beginning Friday night September 11th. The annual event held at The Fairgrounds Nashville continues to grow more and more in popularity. Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville is once again pleased to be a part of the annual event. Racing will kick off on Saturday, September 12th at 4pm with green flag racing for nine divisions. The Big Machine Records Pro Late Model presented by Hunter Sand & Gravel will compete for 100 laps, the D & D Events Limited Late Model for 40 laps on the 5/8th mile high banked oval. The quarter mile to showcase, All Out Automotive Sportsman, Tire Recappers Super Street, Showtime Pure Stock, USA Motor & Machine Pro Mod, Pest Doctor Front Runner, Vietti Chili Legend and an added treat with the Budweiser Baby Grands in double 20 lap regional championship events. A great opportunity to bring family and friends to the racing program and fair. One ticket at the main gate of the Tennessee State Fair, lets you enjoy the fun, games and festivities of the day. The Fun Jump bouncy houses will be set up at the speedway for the kids. A lot of good things to enjoy with your ticket you can come and go and return to the race program. No tickets to be sold at the ticket gates of the speedway entrance. Cole Williams took the win in our August event for the Big Machine Records Pro Late Model Challenge Series presented by Hunter Sand & Gravel. Williams has captured back to back win in hoping to defend his champ ionship title. Wille Allen currently leads the points battle with three wins for the season. Paul Nogradi Jr. from East Tennessee currently leads the points battle for the D & D Events Limited Late Model. Smyrna's Andy Johnson who got a late season start has won three times and a strong threat to repeat during the fair event. The quarter mile divisions take to the track with the Tennessee State Fair showcasing our event. The Pest Doctor Triple Crown Challenge event for 30 laps increases the pay and the pot gets even a little sweeter at the end of the season. Jason Taylor won the first of the three scheduled events, a win during the fair assures him of a $200 bonus to be awarded at the 2015 awards banquet. Hardy Krantz Jr. has one win this year, Aaron Ashcraft has three wins and hard charging drivers Joshua Stephens, Travis Owens and Joseph French looking to take the first win of the season. Thomas Pannell leads a host of drivers for the win in the All Out Automotive Sportsman event. Five time winner for the 2015 season, Ryan Arms takes a 77 points lead in the championship run for the defending champion. The Budweiser Baby Grands return to the speedway for two 20 lap regional championship point events. The rock'em, sock'em Tire Recappers Super Street compete for 30 laps, Carl Porter Sr. carries a 10 points edge into the event over 2014 champion, Matt Barnes. You may obtain tickets to the Tennessee State Fair (September 11th - 20th) in advance on the world wide web: or two weeks prior to the fair at area local Kroger's. Tickets available at the main ticket gate at the fair. For information related to racing go to: Race fans gets ready, coming up Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday October 4th, the 31st Annual All American 400 Weekend returns to the greatest short track in the nation.   >>Continue Reading