The yearly Appalachian Fair is the second-largest event of its kind in the state of Tennessee and has been a cherished tradition in the Tri-Cities for over 90 years now. A study conducted in 2003 showed the fair had an economic impact of $26 million, and since the fair’s motto is “bigger and better,” that impact can only have increased in the years since. Come and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a real old-time country fair at this year’s event, to be held August 21-26, 2017 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in the Gray community. Featuring pageants, talent shows, contests, livestock showings, agricultural exhibits, carnival games, and more than 30 fantastic rides, it’s every year an “affair” to remember! Oh, and did we mention the country music and contemporary Christian entertainment, the Demolition Derby and various other motorsports events, and of course the fabulous fair food?
You also won’t want to miss the exhibits unique to the Appalachian Fair, such as the ever-popular Barnyard Nursery, the Tennessee Wildlife Building, and the Farm and Home History Museum Building, where you can get a glimpse of what life was like in rural Tennessee around the time the fair first opened back in 1926.
Speaking of the homemade exhibits on display at the fair, Sherry Shadden, administrative assistant for the Appalachian Fair, says the fair gives everyday people who do things for pleasure a chance to shine just like the professionals. “This is what the fair is all about; families coming together and working together to make something they’re proud of and then show it off to the world—to make it special for other people to enjoy.” So please, come and enjoy all that the Appalachian Fair has to offer, and make one of our favorite traditions one of yours as well!