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By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter

 

This year’s Trousdale County Fair was bigger and better than previous fairs with new fair events, more than 1,056 entries turned in and activities for everyone in the family.

“We have been excited about the results,” said Fair President Kathy Atwood. “We had a lot of people who said, ‘We had no idea.’ People are already thinking about next year. Folks are already asking about books.”

With more participants in previous years, Trousdale County has remade their image into something more than just a youth fair, this year’s focus on entries from young kids all the way to adults.

“When it is going on, we makes notes on things that we think might need changing as far as how we do things,” said Atwood. “After looking at our notes, we will be asking folks about things and what we need to improve.”

Attendees to this year’s fair participated in the inaugural Cornhole Tournament with William West and Richie Bean winning cornhole boards, the inaugural VFW Post #4842 Car Show, Red Hat ladies performing skits, performance from the Senior Center Line Dancers, and Young and the Restless, representing Trousdale Medical Center and playing for Trousdale County’s Christmas for Kids, defeating seven teams to win Family Feud.

Post Commander Gary Walsh said, “It was been great [the car show]. We are sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts this year, and have received several door prizes from local businesses. We are really happy from the community support for this.

“The public who are coming out to the fair are stopping by and taking a look. We plan on getting out and being a part [of the fair] every year.”

All proceeds from the car show went to the VFW.

Of course the county fair kept to it’s roots and showcased participants’ favorites like the cattle, sheep shows and the annual chicken auction.

“We did very well,” said UT Extension Agent Jason Evitts. “We had 33 birds, who averaged $16.50 a piece. The judge was very pleased with the quality of chickens that were here today [Saturday]. They did better than last year. We had a lot of chickens, and they averaged $7.”

This year around 12 students participated in the Chicken Chain event. The students received their chicks around March 15.

“A lot of the 4-Hers that have done it in the past have said this year has been the most productive as far egg laying they have ever had,” added Evitts.

This year’s fair was dedicated to Billy Woodmore, while his son Toby, received the Pioneer Award.

Billy dedicated over 60 years of his life to agriculture said Fair Vice-President Angie Williams during the Fair Kick-off Banquet on Aug. 9.

“He was born and raised on a century farm, and continues to own that farm to this day,” said Williams. “To this day he remain an example of the quiet strength, dedication and love of the land that is the American farmer.”

Atwood commented that without the help that Toby was given the fair over the years, “the fair wouldn’t be what it is today without him.”

The Trousdale County Fair will go on in January and compete with other county fairs who are a part of the Merit Award Program.

Managing Editor Marie Corhern can be reached at 615-374-3556 or email thevidette@bellsouth.net