The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently presented awards to 54 of the top county, regional and state agricultural fairs.
“Agricultural education is as important as it has ever been,” Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton said. “County fairs provide an opportunity for communities across Tennessee to learn about the largest industry in our state while enjoying tradition and making new memories.“
Approximately 900 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards recognition dinner program during the 96th Annual Convention of the Tennessee Association of Fairs (TAF) held Jan. 18-21 in Nashville.
The top award went to the Rhea County Fair when it was named the Champion of Champions Fair for 2017. The Rhea County Fair was also among the 54 fairs recognized with the Award of Merit based on agriculture, educational value, overall operations, and the promotion of local interest and community spirit.
“The fairs of Tennessee provide good, clean competition, fun, community involvement and entertainment for people of all ages,” TAF President Lisa Robinson said. “Most of these events are served by volunteers who are instrumental to the success of our agricultural fairs.”
The winner of the Division AAA fair was the Wilson County Fair. The Sevier County Fair was the first runner-up in that division, followed by the Greene County Fair and the Robertson County Fair.
In 2017, almost three million visitors attended county, regional, and state fairs in Tennessee, which generated $12 million in gross receipts. More than 18,000 volunteers devoted valuable time, resources and efforts to fairs which had more than 201,000 agricultural exhibits and 22,000 agricultural exhibitors showcasing livestock, farm crops and other agricultural exhibits.

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