State Fair to shutter this year’s event

Not since World War II has there failed to be a Tennessee State Fair held in Nashville, but, due to health concerns imposed by COVID-19, the more than 150-year-old event this year is being shuttered, although Fair officials note that plans are still in the making for some activities to be open for the public's participation. State Fair Manager Scott Jones said the Fair is not "closing its doors or abandoning its long history and tradition. We're just doing what we believe is in the best interest of the health and well being of those who walk through our gates each year." Jones said the decision regarding this year’s Fair was not made “hastily.” He said members of the Tennessee State Fair Association board held lengthy sessions twice last week to discuss what “the right decision should be” with regards to producing this year's Fair scheduled for September 11-20. "The more we talked with local and state officials, gathered information from those involved with other similar events, and discussed the topic thoroughly within our own board, we came to the conclusion that it would be best this year to not host a traditional State Fair," Jones said. He noted that also adding to the challenge of hosting a Fair on the Nashville Fairgrounds site this year was the fact that the midway footprint had been reduced in size in order to make way for the construction of the new MLS stadium. Jones explained, that with a smaller space than what the State Fair has occupied in past years, there was a concern about being able to meet the restrictions and preventive recommendations associated with COVID-19 as expressed by healthcare officials. He said that he and members of his staff are developing plans to have a number of activities during the 10-day period that the Fair is scheduled to be held. Plans being considered, according to Jones, include contests, exhibits, the presence of certain carnival-like vendors, and virtual and/or digital events. "While we make these plans, we acknowledge that we must be ever so conscious of maintaining a healthy and safe environment and abiding by the guidelines that have been established by healthcare officials locally and nationwide," he cautioned. According to Jones the all volunteer TSFA board, comprised of members from across the state, was adamant that the State Fair should have a presence this year "even if that means it will be severely abbreviated." He said many of the activities that are typically associated with the State Fair will not be scheduled this year including livestock competitions, live entertainment programs, pageants and other activities of this nature that generally attract large numbers of persons standing or sitting close together or waiting in line for tickets. "We plan to do our very best to provide some agenda that will still make it entertaining and educational to attend an abbreviated production of the Fair this year," he added. Additional announcements are to be made in the weeks ahead regarding ongoing plans for the Fair this year. The State Fair, always a 10-day production, is scheduled to open next year on Friday, September 10. >>Continue Reading

Compete and Win all weekend!!

Whether it's money, trophies, or bragging rights, we are giving it all away this weekend! On Saturday, enter the Funnel Cake 5k, Cornhole Championship, Apple Pie Contest, Butter Sculpting Contest and Lip Sync Battle. Kids can try the Stick Horse Barrel Racing, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Bubble Gum Blowing Contest and Hula Hoop Competition. On Sunday, we have the Milk Mustache Competition, Animal Imitation Contest, more Ice Cream and Hula Hooping, and the Lip Sync Finals. Come win BIG at the fair and make some awesome memories! Read more here. >>Continue Reading

Been wondering what’s going on?

Have you been wondering if the fair happening this year and is it going to continue? Yes and yes! The fair is definitely happening this year and for the next 4 years as a matter of fact. The fair will be held at the fairgrounds in the same buildings as always this year. We have the dates determined already for the next four years. We are not sure if the fair will be on the fairgrounds next year in new buildings or at a different location but we will keep you updated as these questions are determined. In the meantime, come enjoy the fair his year from September 6-15 and we will see you next year September 11-20, 2020. We are ON THE MOOOVE! >>Continue Reading

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 muddyrootsrecords.com and at tnstatefair.org. >>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