Bedford County Fair kicks off Monday at the Ag Center on Midland Road. There are many of the same traditional events but also some new additions to the fun, according to organizers.
Shelbyville Mayor Wallace Cartwright has this to say in the fair booklet, “The 2022 Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever with events such as tractor pulls, livestock shows, including sheep, cattle, horses and goats. The fair also includes canned and baked goods, fresh produce, arts and crafts, antique farm equipment, midways and much more. There should be something for everyone to enjoy.”
With the newly poured concrete floors, the activities are likely to be more enjoyable with less dust and easier access, the Mayor shared.
This year’s fair booklet is dedicated to Joan Pimental who passed away last September and Keith Cook, who passed away last October-both great supporters of the local event, according to organizers.
The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee gets in on the fair action each year too. Bedford County receives a portion of the State Aid to Fairs funds.
But the fair also relies on local businesses and organizations as sponsors, food vendors and of course, PrimeTime Carnival Co., for bringing its amusements to the fair.
The annual dog show will be held Wednesday. Registration starts at 7 p.m., and the show follows at 7:30 p.m.
“Faith and Patriotic Night” will be held 7 p.m., Wednesday. Free admission will be given to all military with proper ID. Madison Street Worship-Gateway Church will be a part of this program.
Bedford County’s Mid State Cloggers kick up their heels for the crowd on Thursday at 7 p.m.Karaoke Night, if you dare, will be at 8 p.m., Thursday.
One of the area’s favorite pickers, “Double Shot,” featuring Andy and Lee Huffer, will perform 7 p.m., Friday, July 22.
Justin Williams, a native of Wartrace, opens his show at 8 p.m., next Friday.
On Saturday night, Jaysen Gold, who some might know for his song, “Where’s my Breath” will hit the stage Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m.
In between all these great events will be a drawing to win a “free load of gravel.” The drawing will be held on Saturday, July 24, and is sponsored by Rogers Group.
Rounding up the musical performances, but certainly not least, will be Phil Valdez at 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, July 23. Valdez began singing as a teen, idolizing the late Merle Haggard and George Jones.
So, it’s only fitting that the annual “George Jones Tribute and Rocking Chair” give-a-way, sponsored by Kincaid Service Company, round out Saturday night festivities around 8 p.m.
See Tuesday’s T-G for information about livestock exhibits coming up at the county fair.