By KEVIN WARNER
Thursday night the Williamson County Fair will focus on comedy, country music and its century farms families before the fair enters its final weekend.
As they do every year, the Fair Board will host a program and dinner to honor the 36 families in the county that have owned working farms for over 100 years. The fair website says some of the farms come in at 200 years old. Two of the farms predate Tennessee’s statehood in 1796.
The Century Farms program, run by the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, boasts over 1,700 farms statewide.
The dinner, served by the Williamson County Cattleman’s Association, is a private, invite-only event which starts at 5p.m., but guests can see the Century Farms exhibit in the Horticulture Area in the Ag Expo Arena throughout the fair.
The Vanderbilt Health Main Stage will host comedian Leanne Morgan at 6:30 p.m. The fair website bio on Morgan says “Leanne will take you on a hilarious journey through motherhood and beyond as she finds comedy amidst the chaos.”
Texas-native and country singer Genevieve Allen will follow with her unique Nash-Tex sound. Her performance starts at 8 p.m.
The Nissan Bluegrass Stage in the Fair Village, near the midway, will host a karaoke night from open to close.
The Nashville Sounds mascot “Booster the Rooster” will also make an appearance Thursday to sign autographs and take pictures with the kids.
A full list of all things happening at the fair can be found here. Find the date in the filter tab and mouse over the event for details.
Thursday also marks Middle Tennessee Electric Night. All MTEC customers received a buy one get one free coupon in their July invoices for a free ticket with the purchase of one general admission tickets. Non customers can also take advantage of the promotion by following this link and printing out the coupon at the bottom of the page.
General admission tickets for visitors age 13 and over now cost $7, tickets for visitors ages 6-12 cost $4 and visitors 5 years old and younger enter free. Credit cards will also be accepted at the ticket window for the first time.
Midway ride coupons are not included in general admission to the fair. Single coupons cost $1.25 each, but all rides require more than one to ride. Visitors can buy large numbers of coupons for a reduced price listed here. Monday through Thursday (Aug.8-11) guests can ride unlimited rides for $20. Most rides require closed-toe shoes to ride.
The midway stays open until 11 p.m. on weeknights.
Visitors’ commute to the fair this year should be a lot easier than last year now that the Goose Creek Bypass – now with 10 lanes, five each way – and construction on the stretch Interstate 65 are completed. The Fair is located at 4215 Long Ln. in Franklin
Free Parking is located at Gate 1 of the park. Courtesy carts will take visitors up to the ticket booths up until 15 minutes prior to close.
All backpacks, bags and coolers brought to the fairgrounds will be searched at the gate, and while clear bags are not required, they are convenient. As a reminder, weapons and alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the premises of the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.
The fair closes at 10 p.m.