Tennessee State Fair Kicks Off Friday Night

Courtesy of News Channel 5
Posted September 9th, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Fair opens its gates at the State Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Friday.

This year’s theme is “Tradition Lives On”, featuring traditional competitions, animals, art, food, shows, exhibits and activities.

NewsChannel 5’s Rhori Johnston will be testing his skills in the second annual Celebrity Cow Milking Competition on Friday night. He will get two minutes to produce as much milk from the cow as possible. It starts at 7 p.m. following the pep rally in the show arena.

Folks have until midnight to get $5 admission tickets, and $20 “All You Can Ride” wristbands. You can pick those up at participating Kroger stores in Middle Tennessee.

At the gates, it’s $8 for anyone age 13 and older. Tickets at the gate are $5 for children and seniors. Children two and under get in free.

A ride wristband that you buy on site will cost you $25 during the week and $30 on weekends.

The future of just where the state fair would be held had been in question in recent days.

Last month, voters went to the polls and voted to make it harder to change the Tennessee Fairgrounds.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has been wanting to redevelop the city-owned property.

The State Fair runs through September 18th.

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