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Fair opens Saturday to week of freedom, farmers and fun

Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Harness races are on tap during the week at the Lincoln County Fair. Racing will also take place on Tuesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. (EVT Photo)

Harness races are on tap during the week at the Lincoln County Fair. Racing will also take place on Tuesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. (EVT Photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — The 112th annual Lincoln County Fair will open Saturday, Sept. 10, and this year, it’s all about freedom, farmers and fun!

The weeklong, award-winning Fair will have a lot of new features this year, from two major country music concerts, expanded beauty pageants, a monster truck show, the addition of the new Fayetteville Lumber Stage, to the return of School Day admission to the addition of a free shuttle to help with the transportation of the physically challenged, small children and senior citizens.

“The board has worked hard to make improvements this year, with the help of some local businesses, including CFW and Curbers/R.L. Kent,” said Randy Cowley, president of the Lincoln County Fair Association. “With the addition of the new Fayetteville Lumber Stage, we’ve been able to add a second night of pageants and then offer an additional event in front of the grandstands.

“We’ve also brought back School Day admission, so on Monday until 6 p.m., kids can get in free, plus it’s a $15 armband night,” he said. “We’re excited and believe it’s going to be a great Fair!”

Known for bringing families together year after year, the fair draws approximately 100,000 people through its gates each summer. Situated in the heart of Fayetteville, just blocks away from historic downtown, the Lincoln County Fairgrounds at 1010 Hedgemont Ave., comes to life each September with thrilling carnival rides, great food, and a host of competitions and events.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Gates will open at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, with gate admission for the day set at $22 regardless of age. It’ll be Armband Day, so fairgoers will be able to ride all the rides they want at no additional charge when the carnival gets started at 1 p.m.

The 16th annual Barbecue Cook-Off, featuring youth and adult classes, will get underway at 10 a.m., followed by the Brangus and Limosin showmanship shows for 4-H, FFA, and open classes at 12 noon and the junior meat goat show at 5 p.m.

Jamey Johnson, a country music artist known for such songs as “High Cost of Living”, “Baby Don’t Cry”, “Stars in Alabama”, and “In Color”, will be the headliner of the live concert that night. He will perform at 9 p.m. Opening for him will be Chris Hennessee, a singer-songwriter with a number of hits to his credit. He will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11

The gates open at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, with admission set at $8 for ages 6 and up. It’ll be Armband Day, with all you can ride for $20 from 1-5:30 p.m. or $25 from 1 p.m. to close.

The dairy goat show, also including 4-H, FFA and open classes, will start at 10 a.m. A special 911 Remembrance Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Fayetteville Lumber Stage in front of the grandstands.

There will also be Tennessee Miniature Horse Volunteers Fun Shows at 2 p.m., with miniature horse presentations and sulky races held just before and during the quarter horse, pony and mule races, which also get underway at 2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 12

Gates open at 12 noon, with admission set at $8 for ages 6 and up – students will be admitted free until 6 p.m. From 5 p.m. to close, it’ll also be Armband Day, with all you can ride for $15.

The dairy cattle and market hog and swine showmanship classes, 4-H, FFA and open, will be held at 5 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the Junior Miss, Miss Teen and Lincoln County Fairest of the Fair pageants will get underway, followed by the Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13

With gates opening at 10 a.m., it’ll be Senior Citizens Recognition Day, with $2 off admission for those ages 62 and up. Regular admission will again be $8.

The afternoon’s activities begin with an antique tractor exhibit as well as the always popular harness races will begin at 2 p.m. There will be commercial heifer, Hereford and polled Hereford shows, all classes, starting at 5 p.m., followed by the Little Miss, Young Miss and Senior Miss pageants starting at 6 p.m.

Harness races are also on tap for the evening, beginning at 7 p.m. Another delight will be the youth rabbit show that will start at 7 p.m. as well.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Gates open at 10 a.m. for the fifth day of the fair, with admission being $10.

Harness races, starting at 2 p.m., will be the afternoon’s main attraction, but there will also be a poultry show and sale at 4:30 p.m.

The Power Wheels Demolition Derby, for ages 3-9, is sure to entertain the crowd. It begins at 6 p.m., followed by the real thing, the annual Demolition Derby, at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Gates will again open at 10 a.m. and admission will be $10 for day six. It will be Sponsors’ Coupon Night, with all you can ride for $20, or $15 with a coupon. from 5 p.m. to close.

Harness races begin at 2 p.m., followed by the Simmental, shorthorn and other breeds of cattle being shown at 5 p.m.

And all new this year, the Monster Truck Show will get underway at 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16

With gates opening at 10 a.m., admission set at $12, Friday afternoon lineup includes harness races at 2 p.m., the Red Angus and Aberdeen Angus show will be presented at 5 p.m.

The sanctioned Truck and Tractor Pull will begin at 7 p.m., with a special Century Farms Recognition ceremony also being held during the pull.

Saturday, Sept. 17

The final day of the Lincoln County Fair will be a big day, with gates opening at 10 a.m. Admission is $12. Also set as Armband Day, you can ride all you want for $20 from 1-5:30 p.m. or $30 from 1 p.m. to close.

The morning will include the 4-H Sheep Fun class at 10 a.m. the 4-H Wool on Parade at 10:30 a.m., 4-H Clover Collection at 11:45 a.m. and 4-H Fun with Fashion at 12:30 p.m., all presented on the Fayetteville Lumber Stage. The sheep showmanship class and shows will be presented at 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m. harness races will get underway, along with an antique tractor presentation. The annual draft horse and mule shows will begin at 5 p.m. in the cattle barn arena.

Craig Morgan will be the headliner in a live concert beginning at 9 p.m., and opening for him will be Milton Patton. Morgan, a country music entertainer and a veteran of the U.S. Army, has several number one hits to his credit, including “That’s What I Love About Sunday”, “Almost Home”, “Redneck Yacht Club”, “International Harvest”, “Love Remembers”, and “Bonfire”. Patton is known for his hits, “Cornbread Fed”, “Get Us in Trouble”, “I Don’t Blame You”, and “Long Leather Coat.”

—The Elk Valley Times