Wilson County Promotions announced Tim Edwards is the recipient of the 2014 Mike Baker Friend and Supporter of the Fair Award.
The award was given Tuesday at 8 p.m. prior to the Great Give-A-Way in the Motorsports Arena of the Ward Agricultural Center during the Wilson County Fair.
This annual award recognizes business people in Wilson County who have gone above and beyond in their support of the annual Wilson County Fair. It is given in memory of Baker, longtime chairman of the Fair’s Great Give-A-Way Committee.
Edwards owns and operates Edwards Feeds Inc., which was established in 1942. The family business originally called Edwards Hatchery, was started by Edwards’ grandmother, Vice May Brown, then passed on to Thomas Edwards, Tim Edwards’ father, and then to Tim Edwards. The business’ original focus was chickens, and it raised about 500,000 birds year-round with chicken houses scattered across Wilson County.
Brown even sold some baby chicks at the Wilson County Fair each year. Over the years, the family saw the need for change, so they began manufacturing regular and custom feeds for all kinds of animals. There are now five generations involved in the family business with hopes to continue Brown’s business dream.
Tim Edwards and his family has always supported agriculture in Wilson County. They were a sponsor of the Wilson County Fair since the 1940s, along with the Great Give-A-Way, since it began.
Tim Edwards is an active person not only with his business, but also with clubs and local charitable events. He enjoys the fair each year as he sponsors childrens’ events, livestock shows, crop shows, commercial exhibits, etc. He loves to talk and say hello to everyone while at his booth. A few years ago, he brought his great grandfather’s old grist mill to the fair for all to enjoy.
During the 2013 Wilson County Fair, Tim Edwards sat up a charity dunking booth in the dog show area and, with the support of Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, Lebanon Mayor Phillip Craighead, Sheriff Robert Bryan, Registrar of Deeds John “Bev” Spickard, Trustee Jim Majors, Wilson Bank & Trust President Randall Clemons, Elmer Richardson and others, raised $1,200 for the Wilson County Schools Backpack Program and $1,200 for several pet-related charities, such as New Leash on Life, Country K-9 and DART.
Tim Edwards has a daughter, Merilyn Edwards-Ater, a first-grade teacher at Castle Heights Elementary School, and he has two grandchildren.