D. GARY DAVIS
Foothills Country Fair
The 6th annual Foothills Country Fair gets under way on Wednesday with a variety of exciting events and activities designed to create a memorable experience for you and your family.
Traditionally, a Fair provides a venue for people in the community to display their prize animals, poultry, produce, baked and canned goods as well as enjoy a variety of exciting entertainment. That’s what you can expect at this year’s Foothills Country fair at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.
In 2008 the Foothills Country Fair was voted the most improved Fair in Tennessee and the 2009 fair should be even better. More than 60 vendors are currently registered and fair-goers can expect a long list of exhibitors as well as entertainment.
Headlining this year’s Foothills Country Fair is the Junior Rodeo Championship Competition on Saturday and Sunday. 95 junior cowboys and cowgirls are entered to compete in the oldest sport in America. The contestants range in age from 5 to 18 and will display their skills in bareback riding, junior bull riding, chute dogging, mutton busting, steer riding and bull riding, barrels, pole bending, goat ribbon pulling, goat tying calf tying, dummy roping, breakaway roping, tie down calf roping and team roping.
The event promotes good sportsmanship and helps keep the “western heritage” alive. The family atmosphere also maintains the highest regard for the welfare of both the contestants and the livestock.
Other highlights that are new to the Fair this year include lawn mower races and a demolition derby. The new Exhibit Hall will also see a lot of activity as the site of the Cultural Arts Competition. Entries will include everything from pickles to pies and jams to jellies. Those entering the competition are asked to bring their items to the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday. Judging will be done on Wednesday and being awarded a blue ribbon as “best in the County” is quite an honor.
As Mayor, I am proud of the many volunteers who have worked so hard to once again make the fair a reality in Bradley County. Decades ago it struggled to survive and our community was without a County Fair for 40 years. Thanks to the leadership of Foothills Country Fair President Louie Alford and Bradley County’s Ruritan Clubs the Fair has enjoyed a great resurgence.
The cost of admission to the Foothills Country Fair is very reasonable and a great value. For just $10 each day, fair-goers will have access to all events and activities as well as free carnival rides. That is a bargain for everyone, especially those on a tight budget.
The Foothills Country Fair begins Wednesday the 16th at 4 PM and ends Sunday the 20th at 6 PM. It is a wonderful, family-friendly event close to home and I urge everyone to attend. I am sure you will discover as I have that the Foothills Country Fair is another reason why Bradley County is Tennessee at its best.
For more information about the Foothills Country Fair, please visit the website www.foothillscountryfair.org. Information about the Tri-State Exhibition Center is available at www.tsec.org
We can all be proud of the 6th Annual Foothills Country Fair. There's plenty of things to see and just as many things to do.