August 22, 2008 â€“ Visitors were greeted to the Wilson County Fair by students of all ages due to "Read to Win" and cheerleaders representing all the county schools.
"We had around 738 students participating in the 'Read to Win' summer reading program," said Wilson County Promotions Treasurer Randall Clemmons.
Students falling anywhere between ages 6-12 that was apart of the summer reading programs in the county had the opportunity to receive free admission and rides.
"We also had a very successful School Spirit Jam with over 275 students composed of 15 teams involved in cheering on their schools," said Clemmons.
Thursday also saw the final Doll Parade Division II winners.
Second runner-up was Emila Fuqua, daughter of Katie Fugua of Lebanon, and first runner-up Karah Nicole Hood, daughter of Dondi and Nicole Hood of Mt. Juliet. The winner of the Doll Parade was Tealor Chang, daughter of Shantara and Sangta Chang of Lebanon.
With all the students' involvement at the Fair it is not surprising that Fair attendance continued to climb to 27,622, more than 6,119 in 2007. Total visitor numbers continue to set records at 285,565 with only two more days left.
Tammy Patterson of Lebanon was the winning ticket holder for the $1,000 giveaway.
"We look forward to our last big weekend with lots to do on both days and wonderful weather," said Clemmons. "We will host two days of Demolition Derby, lots of beef and sheep shows, a Square Dancing Competition and School Day events. This will be a great weekend to attend the Wilson County Fair."
Night Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 444-3952, ext. 46 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org