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Wilson County Fair has new home at Expo Center

The new Expo Center at the James E. Ward Ag Center, will take the 2017 Wilson County Fair to a new level. The fair will run August 18 – 26.

The Center will be the home of competitive exhibits, which include non-perishable entries in adult home economics, fine arts – adult, photography – adult, stained glass, baking, farm crop entries, school exhibits and an egg contest.

The youth exhibits will now have a new home in the East West Building, which will allow them space to grow. The flowers and roses will also have a new home, in the Arnett Education Building.
The new Expo Center will also be the home of all the Pageants for the 2017 Wilson County Fair, and God and Country Day. The new Expo Center will benefit local residents, as all events during the fair will be limited to Wilson County residents.

The Expo Center will also feature “Hometown USA,” during the fair, which will be an outstanding display not to be missed.

Wilson County is going to be a focal place for the Solar Eclipse August 21. The Wilson County Fair will be the official event for this special day. A great day has been planned by our county and the Wilson County Fair. The fair will open that day at 10 a.m. with a special admission price of $6 until 3 p.m. Ride prices will be half-price until 3 p.m. with arm bands purchased before that time. Arm bands will be valid the rest of the day.

The Wilson County Fair has worked with the school systems to develop “Teachable Moments,” with the following programs at the new Expo Center: 10:30 a.m. -11 a.m. Welcome and Hands on Activity: “What is an Eclipse” Nina Williams, Wilson County Schools, TVOLS.

Participants will create a visual representation of an Eclipse to understand the Science behind the phenomenon.

11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. A Walk Through History: “Space Observation and Discovery from Ancient
Civilizations to Modern Day” Nina Williams, Wilson County Schools, TVOLS

11:30 a.m. – noon How Farmers and Sharecroppers Planted by Lunar Phases: Wilson County
UT Extension Office Master Gardner

Noon-12:20 p.m. Hands On Activity: “Big Sun, Small Moon? Why do they look the same size in the sky?” Nina Williams, Wilson County Schools.
Participants will manipulate various spherical objects to demonstrate and test Theory of Relative Size

12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. zSpace: A 3D look at a Lunar and Solar Eclipse Kelly Esslinger, Wilson County Schools, TVOLS teacher Participants will see the ultimate virtual reality learning experience of Virtual Reality to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse.

12:40 p.m. – 1 p.m. Google Expedition: Virtual Reality Adventure to the Moon Joey Ingram, Wilson County Schools, Instructional Technology.
Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that will take participants on a virtual field trip to the solar system.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Make way to viewing area.

Wilson County Fair President, Randall Clemons says that the fair board will make Monday, August 21 Education Day, with a special focus teaching everyone about the eclipse.
Dr. Donna L. Wright, Director of Wilson County Schools and Scott Benson Director of Lebanon Special School District, stated that if students attend the Wilson County Fair Eclipse events, it will be an excusable absence as long as students provide the flyer from the fair events.

The Wilson County Fair opens at 10 a.m., including rides. Attendees can register for a chance to ride the ferris wheel during the eclipse, providing the best seat in Wilson County to view the Eclipse. Free glasses will be given at the gates upon entering, as long as supplies last. The Motorsports Arena will be a special viewing location.

Admission tickets will be good for the entire day at the Wilson County Fair. It will be a very special day with Bates Ford presenting The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert. It will also be Senior Citizen Day at the fair with special events for seniors.

For more information, visit Wilsoncountyfair.net or call 615-443-2626. Fair catalogs are now available at local banks, Chamber of Commerce and the Fair office.

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