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Train offering rides to the fair

In partnership with the Wilson County Fair, the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA) will be operating a special Music City Star excursion train to the Wilson County Fair Saturday, Aug. 16 and Saturday, Aug. 23. 

Two trains will operate both Saturdays, and an allotment of 400 tickets will be available to the general public for each trip each week. Cost is $20 for ages 13 and older and $15 for ages 6-12. There is no charge for children age 5 and younger.

The ticket includes round-trip train fare and one-day admission to the fair.  Parking is free at all of the outlying stations (Donelson, 2705 Lebanon Pike; Hermitage, 4121 Andrew Jackson Parkway; Mt. Juliet, 22 E. Division St.; Martha, 65 Martha Circle; Lebanon, 334 W. Baddour Parkway), and customers are encouraged to park at these stations as there is no parking available at Riverfront Station. 

Tickets are available for purchase online at and with a credit card. Tickets will be on sale until 24 hours prior to departure or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. 

Each Saturday during the fair, the Music City Star will depart from Riverfront Station at 11 a.m., stop in Donelson at 11:12 a.m., Hermitage at 11:26 a.m., Mt. Juliet at 11:35 a.m., Martha at 11:45 a.m., Lebanon at 11:55 a.m., and arrive at the Temporary Fairgrounds Station at 12:05 p.m.

A second train will depart from Riverfront Station at 2 p.m., stop in Donelson at 2:12 p.m., Hermitage at 2:26 p.m., Mt. Juliet at 2:35 p.m., Martha at 2:45 p.m., Lebanon at 2:55 p.m., and arrive at the Temporary Fairgrounds Station at 3:05 p.m.

The return trains to Nashville will leave the Temporary Fairgrounds Station at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively. 

Customers who purchased the special tickets will need to show their ticket to train personnel for scanning when boarding on both trips. Children age 5 and younger will need a printed ticket, and parents should request these tickets when they make their purchase. Weekday Music City Star tickets and passes are not accepted on the Wilson County Fair train.

Backpacks and folding chairs will be allowed onboard. Any items that will not fit underneath the seat, such as large coolers, bikes and wagons, are not permitted on the train. 

For more information, visit the Wilson County Fair website at 

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