Thus far the 2014 Wilson County Fair is truly living up to its theme – “Farmers, Boots and Country Roots.”
As always, the agricultural exhibits and competitions are going strong with dozens of entries and participants. Wilson County farmers turn out in droves for competitions of every description, from livestock shows and poultry shows to various cooking challenges. There are always great examples of home grown produce and baked goods to fit anyone’s tastes.
And while many associate the area with cowboy boots, this year the fair can boast several types. Of course there are plenty of cowboys and cowgirls sporting their favorite pair, whether it be leather, snakeskin or what have you. But Mother Nature has also caused a new fashion statement at the 2014 event – rain boots. Yes, those lovely rubber creations meant to keep your feet cozy and dry have been popping up all over the Ag Center the last few days.
If I had been thinking, I would have tossed my rain boots in the car for my many trips to our great fair. Alas, I was not and so ended up about calf deep in water, which absorbed into my blue jeans.
There’s not much better way to display country roots than to feature two classic country artists for concerts in your arena.
Wade Hayes and Mark Chesnutt, both talented country artists, were invited and performed this week. Hayes, whose songs include the hit, “Old Enough to Know Better,” graced the stage Tuesday.
Chesnutt took to the arena stage Wednesday to perform his top songs, which include “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” and “Too Cold at Home.” I remember listening to all of these growing up and watching the music videos on CMT – before they started airing a bunch of reality shows.
I don’t know what possessed CMT to mimic MTV and become about the farthest thing from “music television” possible, but that’s a topic for another column.
I commend the fair organizers for once again creating a lineup of events and competitions that most anyone can enjoy. Whether you are 5 or 85, there’s always something to do at the fair.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.