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Wilson County Fair numbers decline despite packed agenda

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

The Wilson County Fair wrapped up the 2014 edition Saturday. 

This year’s fair was met with highs and lows, and no shortage of entertainment.

Closing day saw more than 86,000 people come out to enjoy the event, despite the hot temperatures and pop-up storms. All told, the 2014 fair had 484,096 visitors. The numbers dropped significantly from 2013 – which had a total of nearly 590,000 visitors – largely due to Mother Nature.

Wilson County Fair Executive Director Helen McPeak noted about midway through the fair, “It’s been a good week. We’ve had some rain but we are having a great week.”

Sunday and Wednesday each showed a decline in numbers from the previous year due to rainfall.

Two new representatives of Wilson County were crowned during the annual Ms. Senior Wilson County and Fairest of the Fair pageants. Brette Ruff, of Mt. Juliet, will represent Wilson County as the newest Fairest of the Fair, and Jackie Taylor takes the mantle of Ms. Senior Wilson County. Taylor received her crown from reigning Ms. Senior Tennessee and 2013 Ms. Senior Wilson County Deborah Williams.

Patrons to the fair were offered a variety of entertainment, including concerts from country artists Wade Hayes and Mark Chesnutt, as well as many local talents on the multiple stages throughout the grounds.

The state’s largest fair continued its tradition of agriculture events, holding livestock shows, cooking competitions and more.

To see a view of the Wilson County Fair from the MetLife blimp, click here

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