This year, The Tennessee State Fair is bigger and better than ever, one reason being the inclusion of the Sports Arena, one of the most historic buildings on the fairgrounds property, into a more prominent role in fair activities.
The arena, originally built in the 1960’s, was designed to host live weekly pro wrestling matches, and fittingly, opening night of the 2013 fair will feature a live TV Taping of Traditional Championship Wrestling, for broadcast nationally on The Pursuit Channel. This event will feature appearances by nationally known wrestling superstars Tommy Dreamer, and former UFC Champion Dan “The Beast” Severn, in addition to legends of wrestling from the Volunteer State, The Rock & Roll Express, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, and “The Wild Eyed Southern Boy” Tracy Smothers. Young and old will have the opportunity to relive some of their fondest wrestling memories, as well as make new ones, this year at the state fair.
The fast and furious action continues in the sports arena on Sunday, September 8th with live Roller Derby, when the popular Nashville Rollergirls, and crowd favorites like Lady Fury, LeAnne Crimes and Bettie Rampage hit the track to compete in a number of different matches, including the Jr. Rollergirls.
Among other competitions rounding out the arena schedule will be a 4-H Fashion Show, the annual Fairest of the Fair pageant, Tennessee’s Got Talent contest, college and service industry night dodgeball tournaments, and a cheerleading exhibition featuring participants from statewide cheer schools, and judges from prominent collegiate cheerleading programs.