Based on the record breaking attendance at last year’s Country Fair, the Fair Committee is taking aggressive steps to meet the demand for more vendors, more space for trucks and cars at the Car Show, and more exhibition space for livestock. There will be a number of expanded opportunities for fair participants to have the “Country Fair” experience including a greatly expanded Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency presence with a chance for real “target practice” for aspiring young hunters. According to Fair spokesman, Jon McCalla, “we’re keeping all the things you love about the Country Fair but adding space, vendors, and events which should make your Country Fair experience even more enjoyable this year.”
This year, the Country Fair will double the number of food vendors, add electrical and other support services, and encourage early set up so that participants in the TRA 5K Run and early arrivals at the fair will have a full array of food choices. Steps have also been taken to speed up food service and offer more options.
To provide more space for livestock, the committee is moving the Livestock Tent to the open lot east of Richland Church. For the first time, we will have an exercise and demonstration area so fair participants can get a better view of the fine large animals – horses, mules, and cattle – that we anticipate being at the fair. There will also be a demonstration of basic roping techniques for the cowboys and cowgirls in the audience.
There will once again be an opportunity for small businesses to show their wares and for history buffs to get their fill of history with a local touch. There will be a special emphasis on World War I in light of the fact that 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into that global conflict.