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Outstanding Fairs Honored at Annual Convention

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 | 03:50am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Commissioner Julius Johnson recently presented awards to 56 of the state’s top county agricultural fairs. They were recognized with the Merit Award for outstanding achievement during the 2011 fair season. More than 950 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards recognition dinner at the 90th Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs (TAF) convention held January 19-21, in Nashville. 
 
The top award went to the Cumberland County Fair in Crossville when it was named the Champion of Champions Fair for 2011. The Cumberland County Fair was also recognized by TDA and TAF President Tommy Wheatley, with the “Award of Merit” based on overall operations, educational value and promotion of local interest in agriculture and community spirit.
 
“Fairs are a tradition in the agricultural industry and showcase the best our farms and communities have to offer,” said Johnson. “Our Tennessee fairs have a positive impact on local economies as well as the agriculture contributions and education that they provide to visitors.” 
 
The annual awards are sponsored by TDA and TAF, the state organization representing Tennessee’s fair industry. 
 
In 2011, almost three million visitors attended county and regional agricultural fairs in Tennessee. Fairs in Tennessee generated more than $11 million in gross receipts last year. More than 14,000 volunteers from 62 fairs in the state devoted time and energy to fairs which had approximately 29,000 agricultural exhibitors showcasing livestock, farm crops and other agricultural exhibits.  
 
The 14th Annual Fair Showcase competition, another competition held during the convention, consisted of 547 entries in 45 categories. Fairs competed for prize money, trophies and ribbons sponsored by the TDA and the TAF. Categories ranged from fair catalogs, websites and educational displays, to fair shirts, posters, scrapbooks, creative ideas and table-top exhibits. To see a list of these winners, visit www.picktnproducts.org or www.tennesseefairs.com
    
For information on 2012 Tennessee fair dates, visit http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/marketing/fairs.shtml.  
 
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2011 Fair Winners
 
Division A
State Champion:      Smith County Fair
1st runner-up:          Morgan County Fair
2nd runner-up:         Benton County Fair
Most Improved:        Clay County Fair
 
Division AA
State Champion:      Henry County Fair 
1st runner-up:         Dyer County Fair
2nd runner-up:        Middle Tennessee District Fair
Most Improved:       Cheatham County Fair
 
Division AAA        
State Champion       Gibson County Fair
1st runner-up:         Jefferson County Fair
2nd runner-up:         Anderson County Fair
Most Improved:        Sevier County Fair
 
Premiere Awards:
Champion:                Lincoln County Fair
Division A:                Fentress County Fair
Division AA:             Obion County Fair

14th Annual Fair Showcase Competition Winners 

 

Category
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Premium Book
Williamson County Fair
Henry Co. Fair
Macon Co. Fair
Premium Tabloid
Wilson Co. Fair
Cheatham Co. Fair
Cocke Co. Fair
Fair Brochure
Anderson Co. Fair
Tennessee Valley Fair
Williamson Co. Fair
Showbill
Wilson Co. Fair
Hickman Co. Fair
Foothills Country  Fair
Flyer
Overton Co. Fair
Jefferson Co. Fair
Cocke Co. Fair
Fair Poster
Wilson Co. Fair
Williamson Co. Fair
Jefferson Co. Fair
Letterhead
Lauderdale Co. Fair
Rhea Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Envelope
Lauderdale Co. Fair
Rhea Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Scrapbook “A” Div.
Bledsoe Co. Fair
Fentress Co. Fair
Sequatchie   Co. Fair
Scrapbook AA Div.
Lincoln Co. Fair
Warren Co. Fair
Cocke Co. Fair
Scrapbook AAA Div.
Greene Co. Fair
Jefferson Co. Fair
Wilson Co. Fair
Scrapbook Regional Div.
Tenn. Valley Fair
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Pick Tenn. Products (Exhibit Photo)
Coffee Co. Fair
Lincoln  Co. Fair
Warren Co. Fair
Decorative & Ornamental gourds
Sequatchie  Co. Fair
Macon Co. Fair
Wilson Co. Fair
Pieced quilt (hand pieced & hand quilted)
Wilson Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Macon Co. Fair
Pieced quilt (machine pieced & machine quilted)
Wilson Co. Fair
Macon Co. Fair
Coffee Co. Fair
Fair Display - free standing
Rhea Co. Fair
Morgan Co. Fair
Henry Co. Fair
Fair Display - table top
Wilson Co. Fair
Sevier Co. Fair
Macon Co. Fair
Other fair promotional items
Wilson Co. Fair
Warren Co. Fair
Cocke Co. Fair
Best Season Pass
Foothills  Country Fair
Lincoln Co. Fair
Anderson Co. Fair
Best Fair Theme
Lauderdale Co. Fair
Bledsoe Co. Fair
Henry Co. Fair
Website page
Anderson Co. Fair
Foothills Country  Fair
Coffee Co. Fair
Video
Gibson Co. Fair
Sevier Co. Fair
Dyer Co. Fair
Creative Fair Idea (Agricultural )
Cheatham Co. Fair
Cocke Co. Fair
Wilson Co. Fair
Creative Fair Idea (other than agriculture)
Gibson Co. Fair
Lauderdale Co. Fair
Foothills Country Fair
Fair Hat - screen printed theme
Cocke Co. Fair
Franklin  Co. Fair
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Fair Hat - screen printed logo
Smith Co. Fair  
Franklin Co. Fair 
Cocke Co. Fair              
Fair Hat - embroidered theme
Cocke Co. Fair 
Wilson Co. Fair   
Rhea Co. Fair
Fair Hat – embroidered logo
Houston Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Greene Co. Fair
Fair T-shirt – screen printed theme
Franklin Co. Fair
Gibson Co. Fair
DeKalb Co.  Fair
Fair T-shirt – screen printed logo
Anderson Co. Fair
Sequatchie Co. Fair
Henry Co. Fair
Fair T-shirt – embroidered theme
Franklin Co. Fair
Cocke Co. Fair
Cheatham Co. Fair
Fair T-shirt embroidered logo
Cheatham Co. Fair
Tennessee Valley Fair
Lauderdale Co. Fair
Denim shirt -collar screen printed theme
Cocke Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Fentress Co. Fair
Denim shirt - collar screen printed logo
Cocke Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Fentress Co. Fair
Denim shirt   -collar, embroidered theme
Jefferson Co. Fair
Lauderdale  Co. Fair  
Franklin Co. Fair
Denim shirt - collar, embroidered logo
Cheatham Co. Fair
Lauderdale Co. Fair
Gibson Co. Fair
Fair shirt -   collar, screen printed theme
Cocke Co. Fair
Rhea Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Fair shirt - collar, screen printed logo
Franklin Co. Fair
Rhea Co. Fair
Cheatham Co. Fair
Fair shirt - collar, embroidered theme
Franklin Co. Fair
Cocke Co. Fair
Lincoln Co. Fair
Fair shirt - - collar, embroidered logo
Anderson Co. Fair
Coffee Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
Recycled Product
Sequatchie Co. Fair
Wilson Co. Fair
Franklin Co. Fair
PowerPoint
Wilson Co. Fair
Lincoln Co. Fair
Overton Co. Fair
Most Outstanding Entry   - Winner
Sequatchie  Co. Fair
 
 
 
 
 
 

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