FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — September brings with it an air of excitement in south central Middle Tennessee in anticipation of the week-long, award-winning Lincoln County Fair.
This annual event features a full slate of thrilling carnival rides, games, entertainment, arts, beauty pageants, agricultural exhibits, harness racing, demolition derbies, great food and much more.
The 111th Lincoln County Fair kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 12, and winds down on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Lincoln County Fair has one of the largest agricultural fairs in the state, with over 100,000 fair-goers enjoying the rides, attractions and fun foods each year. Three times since its inception, the Lincoln County Fair has been awarded the “Champion of Champions” award.
Admission on the first Saturday night is $20, and that includes armbands for exciting rides from 1 p.m. until closing and for the spectacular evening concerts.
Other afternoon events Saturday include the 15th Annual BBQ Cook-off for youth and adults. Judging in the agricultural department commences, along with 4-H and creative living department judging.
Three country music entertainers will ignite the crowd on the first Saturday, with concerts featuring Craig Wayne Boyd, the 2014 Voice Winner, Natalie Stovall and the Drive and Kacey Smith.
First up at 7 p.m. is Kacey Smith, who has performed in many states in a variety of other venues. She has performed for Jack Daniel’s International BBQ Competition, The CMA Fest and Texas Songwriter’s Cruise and performed at the world-famous Bluebird Café.
Next, at 8 p.m., Natalie Stovall appears with The Drive. Natalie has been playing professionally since she was 10 years old and has performed at multiple venues, including the White House and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Performing over 200 dates per year, the Drive’s success has been attributed to family values and hard work. In 2012, the group was named Entertainers of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine. This summer, they returned from the Middle East on one of their many Navy Entertainment Tours in support of our troops across the globe.
Craig Wayne Boyd makes his appearance at 9 p.m. Saturday. Boyd captured the limelight when he was a contestant and eventual winner on the seventh season of the television show, The Voice, in 2014. When he auditioned for the seventh season of The Voice, his voice, performance and musical versatility made him a fan favorite, and eventually the overall winner in the contest.
Sunday through Thursday, gate admission is $7 for ages six and up, and children under six get in free.
Carnival ride enthusiasts will enjoy armband day on Sunday with all-you-can-ride from 1 until 5:30 p.m. for $20, plus admission.
Sunday morning begins with the annual dairy goat showmanship class and shows (4-H, FFA and open). Early Sunday afternoon, the thundering hooves of equines will be heard with the start of the Quarter Horse, Pony Races and Mule Races that afternoon.
The Tennessee Miniature Horse Volunteers Fun Show follows and is a sure crowd-pleaser, along with the Miniature Horse Sulky Races to be held during the quarter horse races.
On Monday, Sept. 14, the delectable offerings of the county’s best cooks will be judged in the Creative Living Building. Meanwhile, the dairy cattle showmanship class and shows (4-H, FFA & open) and market hog and swine showmanship class and shows, start later in that afternoon.
Monday evening, the Lincoln County Fair Grandstand stage features local beauties beginning at 6 p.m. with the ““Little Miss Pageant”, followed by the “Miss Teen Pageant” and the finale, “Fairest of the Fair Pageant”.
Harness racing will be featured every afternoon, Tuesday through Saturday, plus one extra harness racing event on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday is Senior Citizens Recognition Day, where seniors 62 and up can visit the fair all day for only $2. That morning, entries of flowers will be accepted in the Creative Living Building. Meanwhile, in another area of the fairgrounds, there will be the antique tractor exhibit. That afternoon, 4-H, FFA and open category shows for commercial heifer, Hereford and polled Hereford showmanship class and shows take place.
For those who love furry bunnies, there will be a youth rabbit show early in the evening.
Wednesday, Sept. 16, gate admission is $7 for ages six and up. Harness racing continues in the afternoon, then early in the evening the Power Wheels Demolition Derby for kids ages three to nine gets underway. The evening is topped off with a demolition derby.
The poultry show and awards take place late Thursday following the harness races. Also that evening, the Simmental, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus & other breeds showmanship class and shows begin (4-H, FFA & open).
Thursday evening, the Lincoln County Fair Sponsors Coupon Night offers all-you-can-ride for $15 with a coupon or $20 without a coupon from 5 p.m. to closing. A new feature that evening is the new Drag Bog event which starts at 7 p.m.
Early Friday evening, the Red Angus & Aberdeen Angus showmanship class and shows (4-H, FFA & open) begin. Competitions begin with the sanctioned truck & tractor pull. Gate admissions that day are $10 for ages six and up.
There will be lots of activity on the last day of the fair, Saturday, Sept. 19. It’s armband day with all-you-can-ride for $20, plus admission. The day kicks off with the 4-H Fun Class held in the Darrell Hale Building. Later, it’s Wool on Parade, the 4-H Clover Collection, 4-H Fun with Fashion Show and sheep showmanship class and shows, as well.
The harness races start one hour earlier Saturday, at 1 p.m., and during the harness races there will be an antique tractor presentation and a draft horse show and mule show later on.
Saturday evening culminates with a new sensation this year — the Crash for Cash Demolition Derby.
Season passes to the fair may be purchased for $45, and parking is available inside the fairgrounds for $5.
For a full schedule of events, fair entry dates and rules, visit www.lincolncountyfairtn.com.