Tennessee State Fair Sets Up for 105th Year

Courtesy of WZTV FOX 17
Posted: September 5th, 2011

Nashville, TN (WZTV) – It’s a fair many feared might not happen, at least in Music City. Fair organizers say they are happy to have another year to make the fair bigger and better than ever. It was a fair that was the source of much controversy as the city decided whether or not the Tennessee Fair should stay, with attendance numbers dropping over the years and Mayor Karl Dean suggesting the South Nashville Fiargrounds were no longer a suitable location. The fate was all but sealed. After back and forth discussions between Commissioners, the Mayor, residents and long-time fairgoers, the final vote was that the fair will stay put.

“To have that support from fairgoers is a very big deal,” says TSFA Spokeswoman Emily Fletcher. “We want to create a fair that people want to come back to and support and something we can build on for the future.”

On Friday the fair will open its gates. Organizers say they are focusing on creating a true state fair that encompasses and highlights everything Tennessee has to offer statewide.

“Last year’s fair was a successful fair and we are working on building and we are working on continuing that momentum,” says Fletcher. “Some things that we are doing at this year’s fair, one big thing is that we are bringing back concerts and we are offering those for free to fairgoers.”

Along with concerts, the fair will feature new and old attractions including rides, games, contests, motorsports and exhibits – something that should entertain every member of the family and signify the fair’s triumphant resilience and bright future.

“Tradition lives on,” says Fletcher. “That is what we are trying to do here and we are trying to showcase everything people know and love about the fair.”

This week is the last chance to buy $5 advanced tickets and $20 all-you-can-ride wristbands at participating Middle Tennessee Kroger stores. The sale will end Friday at midnight.

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