Williamson County Fair
9 Days of Fun!
Funnel cakes, livestock shows, thrilling rides and endless educational exhibits -- the Williamson County Fair promises all this and more as it returns to the AgExpo Park for ‘9 Days of Fun’, Friday, August 6 through Saturday, August 14, 2021.
Rogers Anderson, Williamson County Fair Chairman, said that the 2021 event is sure to be unforgettable after the Fair Board voted to hold the 2020 event virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“There is nothing quite like the excitement we feel in the air during the Fair, and we really missed that time to come together as a community last year,” Anderson said. “The Fair Board is excited to welcome everyone back -- our local residents, people from neighboring counties, visitors, and most of all those who are new to our area -- to enjoy a bevy of rides, attractions and exhibits in a safe, clean, family-friendly atmosphere.”
FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
A longtime community favorite, the Williamson County Fair marks the unofficial end of summer for middle Tennesseans each year. With indoor and outdoor exhibits, shows and attractions and exciting midway rides, the Fair offers a blend of education and entertainment that all ages can enjoy.
This year, Fairgoers can look forward to daily performances from returning favorites like Piccolo Zoppe Circus, Jurassic Kingdom, Robocars, Chainsaw Artist Roark Phillips and the XPogo Stunt Team, in addition to a Hotline Safety Demonstration taught and performed by certified Middle Tennessee Electric linemen. New acts for 2021 include the FLIPPENOUT Extreme Trampoline Show and a glass-blowing demonstration. All shows and attractions are free with gate admission.
Thrillseekers can spend their time on the Midway, where more than 30 rides and games await children and adults of all ages. The midway closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights, but stick around for an extra hour on Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy a beautiful fireworks show. Midway tickets are sold separately, and remember -- closed toe shoes are required on most rides.
A lineup of artists will add to the ambiance, bringing music of all kinds to the Nissan Stage on the upper Midway throughout the Fair’s nine days, while a seemingly endless path of food vendors boasts tempting options from traditional fried fare to ethnic cuisine, sweet treats, beverages and more.
Inside the air-conditioned arena, thousands of Competitive Events entries will be on display in categories such as Agriculture, Creative Arts, Culinary Arts, Cultural Arts and Youth. Raffle tickets for the annual Quilt Raffle are sold in the Creative Arts room, while award-winning vegetables, plants and crops, professional and amateur art compositions, sustainable art pieces and photography entries will be available for viewing on the arena mezzanine and arena floor, respectively.
In an effort to reduce crowding for certain events, the Sing Your Heart Out vocal competition and all Pageants except for the Fairest of the Fair Pageant have been put on pause for 2021. The Fairest of the Fair Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, August 8 at 7 p.m. on the Nissan Stage at the fairgrounds.
On Monday, August 9, Williamson County 4-H students will show their prize-winning sheep, goats and cattle during the 4-H Livestock Expo in the Fair’s Tractor Supply Co. Livestock Village. On Thursday, August 12 at 6 p.m., an audience of Fair sponsors, local leaders and business owners will bid on the livestock during the 4-H Livestock Auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the students’ college funds.
Those interested in entering this year’s Competitive Events can find rules and guidelines at www.williamsoncountyfair.org. Pre-entry online is required this year and ends July 20 for Cultural Arts Photography, July 30 for Livestock, and July 25 for all other departments.
Since the Williamson County Fair’s inception in 2005, it has served as a beacon for agricultural education and a celebration of the county’s resources. Now in its 17th year, what began as an idea to capitalize on the interest in agri-tourism that was sweeping the country has become an annual tradition that has stood the test of time.
The Williamson County Fair has been recognized among the best anywhere by its peers at the state and international levels, with numerous awards from the Tennessee Association of Fairs and the International Association of Fairs and Expos. Supported by 29 board members and committee chairs, 2,200 volunteers, generous sponsors, its home county and surrounding communities, the Fair has grown each summer and welcomes more than 200,000 attendees to the Williamson County Fair AgExpo Park annually.
“It is incredible to see the efforts that our Board and chairs, volunteers and sponsors put in to make the Williamson County Fair such a success,” Anderson said. “We hope to have a record turnout for ‘9 Days of Fun’ in 2021. We’ll see you at the Fair!”
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The Williamson County Fair has implemented a Clear Bag Policy for 2021 in an effort to limit contact as guests enter the Fairgrounds. There are no size restrictions. Diaper bags are permitted, but they will be randomly checked at the gate. Fairgoers are also encouraged to sign up for traffic and safety alerts from the Williamson County Office of Public Safety by texting WCFAIR to 888777.
The Williamson County Fair gates will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 6. For directions, tickets, daily schedules and other information, visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org and follow along on Facebook (facebook.com/WilliamsonCountyFair), Instagram and Twitter (@williamsonfair).