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Ag Center gets $400K boost

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 3:01 PM

The Wilson County Promotions Executive Committee, sponsor of the Wilson County Fair, recently presented a check for $402,091.72 to the James E. Ward Agricultural Center and Wilson County government for improvements made from profits of the 2013 Wilson County Fair.

These improvements included an addition to the poultry barn, parking lot improvements, restroom improvements, train museum building, Baddour Parkway new entrance improvements, paving, maintenance of Fiddlers Grove, Opry Stage improvements, covered arena improvements, livestock panels and other maintenance at the Ag Center.  Wilson County Promotions is a nonprofit operated by a 300-member volunteer board that has operated the Wilson County Fair for the last 34 years. 

Its charter allows it to maintain a reserve for the total cost of putting on a year’s fair, which is around $1.5 million, and the balance must be spent on improvements to the James E. Ward Ag Center plus expense for the next year’s fair. The profits of the fair each year are due to the volunteer hours of the 300-member board, as well as more than 605 other volunteers who work each year.

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