Special Events


Opening Ceremonies
– Come witness the pageantry and tradition of the official Tennessee State Fair opening! Friday, September 6 at 6:45pm. AT THE FERRIS WHEEL

Fairest of the Fair Pageants – Saturday, September 7, 10:30am – 8:00pm. SPORTS ARENA

Bluegrass & Fiddlers Jamboree – Some of Tennessee’s greatest players are coming to the Fair to pick it to win it! Registration is at 10:00am and is free. Come one, come all! Presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans. Saturday, September 7, 11:00am. CREATIVE ARTS STAGE

Bull Whip Rodeo – Trick riding, bullwhip tricks, recuse pickup, mounted shooting, and barrel exhibition. Specialty act at 5 pm and free style bullfighting at 6pm. Saturday, September 7, 12-8pm. MULE PULLING SHED

Music City Monster Mayhem – See Bigfoot and Snake Bite take on the biggest, baddest monster trucks in the business plus quad racing and high flying motocross! $10 admission includes pit party with drivers available for pictures and autographs, Friday, September 6 & Saturday, September 7, 8:00pm FAIR GRANDSTAND

Quilts of Valor – Our special presentation this year will be on Friday, September 6, 8:00pm. MOOSIC STAGE

GooGoo Cluster Contest – Always sticky, delicious fun! Sunday, Sept. 8 at noon, Creative Arts stage. Register by Sept. 7 online.

Karaoke Showdown FINALS – The top winners from Friday & Saturday nights will compete! 1st place – $250, 2nd place – $125, 3rd place – $75. Sunday, September 8, 7:00pm.   MOOSIC STAGE

Celebrity & Legislative Cow Milking Competition – Pull for your favorite local celebrities as they milk it! Monday, September 9, 6:00pm. LIVESTOCK SHOW ARENA

Ballroom Dancing Demo & Group Lesson – See the pros from Championship Ballroom dance their way through the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Cha Cha, Hustle, Swing East Coast Swing, Jive, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing and more! Join in a group lesson right afterward to see how easy it is! Wednesday, September 11, 5:30pm. CREATIVE ARTS STAGE

Spinning Contest – You won’t get dizzy but you will be amazed by watching experts compete in this heritage art by spinning wool on their spinning wheels – blindfolded! Thursday, September 12, 7:00pm. AG LIVE BUILDING

Funnel Cake 5K – This 5K event is open to youth and adults! Join us for a race, support 4-H, AND get a complimentary funnel cake after the race! Register online or at event. Saturday, September 14, 9:00am. SPORTS ARENA

Corn Hole Championships – Come see the bags fly! Free with fair admission. Ages 10+. Saturday, September 14, 10:30am. Race Track Concourse

FFA Barbeque Grillmaster Competition – Come see the finest BBQers around “meat” up! Saturday, September 14, 2:00pm. RACETRACK CONCOURSE

Lip Sync FINALS – The top winners from Friday & Saturday nights will compete! 1st place – $250, 2nd place – $125, 3rd place – $75. Sunday, September 15, 7:00pm   MOOSIC STAGE