There’s something special about the sights, smells, sounds and smiles of an August Williamson County Fair.
The screams from rides on the Midway, laughter from kids watching dinosaurs and circus clowns, the smell of fried everything and the smooth, sweet chill of homemade ice cream return at even a mention of the fair.
Those memories are set to return Friday, when the Williamson County Fair opens its doors for another nine days of clean, safe, family fun.
Experience rides on the Midway to musical entertainment on the Nissan Stage; an array of activities, displays, demonstrations and competitions in the air-conditioned arena; livestock competitions in the barns and livestock arena; and much more. Also, don’t forget to check out the newborn piglets and other animals in the Children’s Barnyard.
The ribbon cutting begins tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. with recognition of the hundreds of volunteers and sponsors who helped make the 18th annual Williamson County Fair possible. The doors officially open at 6 p.m.
Music lovers will find a variety of talent and genres throughout the nine days, including Emily Kidd at 6 p.m. and Tim Watson, “The Fiddle Man,” in a return performance on the Nissan Stage at 7:30 p.m. on opening day. Check the schedule online for other performance times.
On the arena floor, gamers can have a “larger-than-life experience” at the Taikai VR Arcade; the first 15 minutes are free and $10 for each additional 15 minutes.
Prize-winning vegetables, fruits, eggs and dozens of vendors will also be featured on the arena floor, alongside creative arts, culinary arts and cultural arts displays, demonstrations and competitions, the butterfly garden, chick hatchery, community art project and the Kardinni Magic Show. The Nashville Soccer Club will make an appearance in the arena at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 6.
Outside in the covered arena, sea lions will show off their natural behaviors and how they have bonded with their adopted family. Watch them play or lounge in their specially designed pool between shows.
Over in Fair Village will be the MEGAMORPH, a full-size Chevy Camaro capable of transforming into an almost 15-foot-tall robot, as well as the Planters #NUTmobile.
Several returning favorite rides will be joined by a new thrill ride, Jekyll & Hyde. The popular Eagle Wheel 16, Cyclops, Mantis, Matterhorn, Mixer and more will return, and for the younger thrill seekers, the Bumble Bees, Circus Trains, Dalmatians, Kite Flyer and more will be there yet again. Check out the list of rides on the fair’s website.
Check the schedule online for the 4-H Cake Auction, Kids in the Kitchen, Clover Fashion Show, Puckett’s Cobbler Contest, Loveless Cafe Biscuit Contest, Goo Goo Cluster Contest and all the livestock competitions.
Pageants will be held on Sunday, Aug. 7, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park. The Sing Your Heart Out competition will return to the Nissan Stage on Tuesday.
Other fun happenings returning will be the Piccolo Zoppe family circus with its daring acrobatics in the air, on horseback and in the arena; Jurassic Kingdom with a mischievous tyrannosaurus rex; Roark Phillips, the chainsaw artist; and Middle Tennessee Electric safety demonstration.
Saturday, Aug. 13, will be Patriot Day, where all active and retired military individuals will be admitted free with military ID. At 10:30 a.m. that day, several Hometown Heroes — local veterans who continued their service by making their community a better place — will be recognized and honored in a special ceremony on the Nissan Stage.
Daily tickets for the fair are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and kids 5 and younger are free.
Look for daily admission and Midway specials, purchase discounted admission tickets, download daily schedules and a map, and more on the Williamson County Fair website at www.williamsoncountyfair.org.
See you at the fair!