The Bedford County Fair has begun at the Bedford County Agriculture Center on Midland Road.
Now in its 14th year, festivities kicked off Saturday afternoon with the Fairest of the Fair pageant. Home economics and agriculture exhibits will be on display this afternoon and Monday and the official opening ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. Monday.
"The Fair Board members have set the stage for a fun and exciting week," said Judy Gambill, president of the Fair Association of Bedford County.
In addition to the pageants, this year's fair features entertainment, a talent show, a truck and tractor pull, a horse show and dozens of exhibits and competitions.
Two events are new this year. A Corn Hole Tournament on Wednesday offers a $100 cash prize for the winning two-man team. Owners of local stock 4-wheel-drive trucks are invited to compete in a mud race which rewards the fastest time with a $100 first prize as well as a trophy.
Tuesday features entertainment, with Dyllan Wilson, Kacey Smith and Jim and Inge Wood performing. And, of course, the carnival opens Tuesday evening at 6.
Wednesday is Senior Citizens day. Those 55 years and older have a reduced entry fee and will enjoy lunch at the fair.
"This is a big day for Seniors. Last year we fed over 300 people, and expect to have more this year," said Gambill.
A truck and tractor pull will be held Thursday evening, and a tractor pull in the Lawn and Garden category will be held Friday. Feeling strong? A tug-of-war competition will be held Friday at 5 p.m.
The University of Tennessee Extension office oversees the livestock shows, home economics and agriculture exhibits which continue throughout the week. "We are an agriculture-based fair, and we want to stay that way," said Gambill.
Family admission passes are only available through the end of today. The cost is $50 for a family of four. Armbands for carnival rides are an additional cost and may be purchased through the week at the gate.
"The fair has something for all ages, from carnival rides to the tractor pulls. Make the hard work a success and come out to the fair," invites Gambill.