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: www.tnstatefair.org 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: www.fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com 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

Beauty Queens Donate Their Crowns to Children at Vanderbilt Hospital

The ‘Crowns for a Cause’ organization partners with the TN State Fair Pageants on September 19th for a Crown Ceremony to help beauty queens give back. Girls across the state ages birth to 20 are gathering again at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants on September 19th to compete and show their support for ‘Crowns For a Cause’ by donating their crowns and raise money for the terminally ill children of the Monroe Carrell, Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Donated proceeds from all nineteen pageants will help ensure that every sick child can be crowned ‘Queen for a Day’ or ‘Hero for a Day’. Last year, over 100 girls across the state of Tennessee came dressed to compete and give back to this great cause including a new pageant for girls with moderate to severe disabilities held on Friday, September 18th. Although pageants will begin early in the day, the public is invited to also attend the Crowns for a Cause Ceremony at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 19th at the Sports Arena Building at the Nashville State Fairgrounds. “This small act of kindness brings huge smiles to the faces of these sick children. I am always so proud of every girl that donates one, or more, of their crowns to help someone they may never meet,” says Pageant Director, Shan Burklow, "With the donated crowns from this event, little girls at Monroe Carrell will be crowned 'Queen for a Day' along with little boys being 'Hero for a Day' (receiving a firefighter’s helmet). In addition, we would like to raise enough money to purchase a Rated G DVD for every child. These sweet kids spend so much time in bed and cannot go outside and play like healthy children. Giving them a new movie can help to brighten their day. The Crowns for a Cause organization allows beauty queens of all ages contribute to their community and give back in various ways throughout the year including this event." Coming back for 2015 – Last year, the Tennessee State Fair added a pageant just for girls with moderate to severe disabilities. The Miss Sparkle Pageant, for Tennessee girls ages 4 to adult, is free to all participants on Friday evening September 18th at 6pm. This pageant is run entirely of community volunteers and local business sponsors along with Metro Parks Disabilities. Any donated proceeds received will support Metro Parks Disabilities of Nashville. When asked about the partnership with Metro Parks Disabilities, Burklow responded by saying, “When Metro Parks came to us with the idea of a pageant devoted entirely to girls with special needs, we were so excited. We just couldn’t imagine why it hadn’t occurred to us before now,” Burklow smiled, “All of our pageants are open to any Tennessee girl ages birth to twenty, and now, we have a pageant devoted to girls with special needs of any kind. This has been such a blessing to work with these wonderful girls. True beauty comes from the inside first, and we want to give every girl an opportunity to feel beautiful, and have a great time making new friends. The Tennessee State Fair Pageants give all of our contestants an opportunity to do just that!” For more information on how you can contribute, volunteer or compete at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants, go to www.tnstatefair.org or contact them on FaceBook at Tennessee State Fair Pageants. # # # # If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Pageant Director - Shan Burklow, please call or text 615-594-2792 or email Shan at shan@studiosixlimited.com Pictures attached: Queen For Day Recipient: Donations and crowns received will help sick little girls and boys be ‘queen for a day’ and ‘hero for a day’ at Monroe Carrell, Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt. Miss Sparkle Winners: Last year’s winning contestants of the Miss Sparkle Pageant proudly show off their crowns. This special needs pageant is coming Friday, September 18, 2015 to the Tennessee State Fair and is free to any girl age 4 to adult with moderate to severe disabilities. Every contestant will receive a mini-tiara for competing. Contact Metro Parks Disabilities of Nashville for information. Crowns For Cause Ceremony: 2014 Contestants gathered at the Tennessee State Fair Pageants to compete and donate their crowns to the children of Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This year’s competition is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Crown Donations: Queen Sadie Prater: Crowns for a Cause Queen Sadie Prater holds one of eighty-five crowns donated for hospitalized girls to be queen for a day during last year’s pageants at the Tennessee State Fair. All press and news media are invited to come and cover either of the ceremonies: Miss Sparkle Pageant for girls with disabilities Friday, September 18, 2015 at 6:00pm (Girls ages 4 to Adult) Nashville Fairgrounds / Sports Arena Building TN State Fair Crowns for a Cause Ceremony Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:00pm Nashville Fairgrounds / Sports Arena Building >>Continue Reading

The Bos of Burgers

Lebanon local, Darci Bos, will seek to impress the judges this weekend at the Big Guava Festival in Tampa, FL. Bos has crafted a "Beautiful Mess" which features a patty made of bratwurst topped with mustard aioli and caramelized onions between a toasted French hamburger bun. The burger was selected as a semi-finalist in the Bud and Burger Championship tournament which seeks to find the best amateur made burger in the United States. Bos and her "Beautiful Mess" are competing for a spot in the final round hosted by Budweiser and Chef David Chang in St. Louis, MO in July. >> Read the full article here >>Continue Reading

State Lawmakers Break Routine with Ag Day

In March 2015, members of the Tennessee General Assembly took part in an Ag Day celebration to show their appreciation for the state's farming community. Members of the House and Senate squared off against one another in a corn-selling contest. The House team, led by House Speaker Beth Harwell, won by just a few ounces shelling over five pounds of corn in one minute. Dozens of organizations were stationed inside the Capitol handing out goods like home-baked corn bread and moon pies, in a bid to promote the sector. >> Read the full article here   >>Continue Reading

Lebanon’s State Fair ‘Fairest’ to compete in statewide pageant

Caroline Hendrick, the reigning 2014 Tennessee State Fair "Fairest of the Fair," will be competing in a couple weeks to be crowned Tennessee Association of Fairs' "Fairest of the Fair." Hendrick, 17, is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. John Hendrick of Lebanon. Upon graduation from high school she plans to enter college and pursue a career in nursing. In the coming pageant to be held at the Nashville Sheraton Music City Hotel, the Lebanon High School junior will be competing against some 50 or more other reigning "Fairest of the Fairs" from across Tennessee, who will be representing their local fair at the annual event. The Tennessee Association of Fairs is comprised of 60 county or area fairs including the Tennessee State Fair. The group's annual convention, traditionally held in Nashville, is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 22. The pageant, regarded as one of the highlights of the annual meeting that attracts board members, administrators, and others associated with the production of fairs around the Volunteer state, will be held on Friday, January 23. >>Continue Reading

Let The Good Times Grow!

One hundred eight (108) years ago, the Tennessee State Fair started as the official state fair of our great state. Throughout the course of the history of the fair, stock car racing has been an instrumental part of the event. Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and the Tennessee State Fair are pleased to announce, racing will be held on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 during the ten day event. The state fair officially opens on Friday, September 5th and runs until Sunday, September 14th. >>Continue Reading