Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Start planning now – County Fair Season isn’t far off!

If you love county fairs, have you considered a ‘County Fair Destination Vacation’?  Go from county fair to county fair and soak in all the local color and enjoy all the local foods! Ride the crazy rides and play the silly games and feel young again!  Plan wisely and you can cram a lot into a week’s vacation. Most county fairs are held in July, August or September, but if you don’t plan ahead you might miss out.  This is a good time to gather the information you need to hop in the car and head out for some good old fashioned fun.

Meigs County Fair - Ride the Wheel!!


We have lived in four counties in Tennessee and not all county fairs are equal in size but they are equal in fun!  We are not into the rides but we enjoy the other aspects of the years old tradition of a county fair.  We enjoy seeing the sights and watching the action!  You get to meet new people, learn new crafts, listen to music you might not have heard before, all kinds of things.

The idea behind the county fair was to promote agriculture.  In Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 3 million people visit county fairs (or agriculture fairs as they are often referred to) each year.   For more information on how much money these fairs generated, click on this link for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

I did a quick search and came up with a website that lists the upcoming fairs in Tennessee in July, August and September.  You can see that list on this link.  If you plan on visiting any of these fairs now you have the beginning of your game plan for your County Fair Destination Vacation! You can do a similar search for other areas and states throughout the US.  There is a ton of information online and you can use it to your benefit. 

Pickled Green Tomatoes 

Not only have we gone to several county fairs as visitors, we have also gone as participants.  In the Jefferson County Fair my husband entered several items and won a Blue Ribbon.  A few years ago we both entered items in the Meigs County Fair – he won a blue ribbon for his pickled green tomatoes and I won a red ribbon for my stewed tomatoes…..which was my first ever entry!  Now we just go as visitors!!!

Displays are always set up neatly - easy to view!

Whether you check out one or more county fairs as a visitor or participant, get your plan together. 

Photos belong to AbbyG

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