Wilson County Fair: Aug. 14 – 22, 2015

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This year's fair features 50 rides, with 31 specifically for little kids, plus lots of live entertainment, contests, exhibits and more!

When it comes to county fairs in Middle Tennessee, the Wilson County Fair just can’t be beat! It’s the biggest and longest running of them all, ranking high on the family fun factor with new attractions and returning favorites.

The fair boasts a gigantic Midway. This year, there are 50 thrill rides — six are brand new to the fair, and 31 in total are designed specifically for small children. So, no worries, your little ones will have plenty to keep ‘em excited!

Live entertainment takes place nightly, and the offerings are plentiful, ranging from music acts like the Zach Allen Band, Four Tops and Sawyer Brown to stage hypnotist Michael Blaine. New this year is Wade Henry “The Highroller.” Henry’s show combines comedy, juggling, tall unicycling, fire eating and more.

Take the kids to the new Train Museum to see several models chugging around different tracks. The Circle R Racing Pigs return, and kids can squeal with delight there.

Your family’s trip to the Wilson County Fair isn’t complete without a mosey into the Ag-Venture Barn where children can learn about farming while petting — or hugging! — friendly farm animals. The fair also includes several livestock shows, contests — there’s an all ages rooster crowing contest on Sunday, Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. — and lots of tasty fare.

Gates open Mon – Fri 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m., Sun 12 p.m. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 ages 6 – 12, free ages 5 and younger. Season passes are $33. The Wilson County Fairgrounds are located at 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon. Find the complete schedule of events at wilsoncountyfair.net.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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