15 YEARS OF FUN AT THE FAIR: EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT OPENING WEEKEND
Williamson County Fair Celebrates Area’s Agricultural Resources, Creative Talent Alongside
Exciting New and Longtime Attractions
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The 15th Annual Williamson County Fair will kick off tomorrow with a ribbon cutting
at 5:30 p.m. at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park, where locals and visitors from all over can enjoy
nine days of top quality attractions through Saturday, Aug. 10. Entertainment to mark the nonprofit’s
15-year milestone includes a new Italian circus act, XPogo and BMX stunt teams, and an all-new, mega
Ferris Wheel on the midway, courtesy of James H. Drew Exposition.
Also new for this year is the option for Fairgoers to receive safety and weather alerts from the
Williamson County Emergency Management Agency. Fair attendees are encouraged to text the code
WCFAIR to 888777 to opt-in for Fair-related information.
Ongoing attractions for all nine days include the 4-H & Youth Village that offers STEM-related activities,
competitions and games for all ages; Little 1’s Farming, where kids get a hands-on look at a day in the
life of a farmer; and the Children’s Barnyard, featuring goats, llamas, ponies and other animals, plus the
popular Birthing Pig and Duck Slide exhibits. Also on educational display throughout the Fair are exhibits
and competitive entries including Agriculture, Culinary & Creative Arts; Century Farms, Cultural Arts, the
Historic Village and Pick TN Products Exhibits, all of which showcase historic and modern elements of
Williamson County’s artisans, farmers, makers and producers.
The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 following the ribbon cutting. Admission is $9 for adults, $5
for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Free parking is provided by Nissan, and
Courtesy Carts are available to take Fairgoers to and from their vehicles. Highlights for the evening
include performances by the Piccolo Zoppe Circus at 6:30 and 8 p.m., Lady Houdini’s fearless escapes
from a locked water chamber at 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., a Honey Extraction Demonstration at 7 p.m., and
impressive jumps from the Xpogo Stunt Team at 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Complete daily schedules are
available online .
Bluegrass gospel group Mountain View Connection will take the Nissan Stage at 7 p.m., followed by
Nathan Belt and the Buckles at 8:30 p.m. The midway stays open until midnight, with fireworks
beginning at 10 p.m.
Saturday Aug. 3 is Government Employee Day, where all government employees receive free admission
with a special ticket obtained from their employer, compliments of the Fair’s Diamond Sponsor, Cigna.
The gates open at 10 a.m., with plenty of shows to catch right away, like the BMX Trickstars and Jurassic
Kingdom at 10:30 a.m, The Spoon Man’s strolling act at 11 a.m., and Robocars at 12:30 p.m. All
performers have multiple shows each day; check the schedule online for times and locations.
Live music starts on the Nissan Stage at noon with performances by the 2018 Sing Your Heart Out Vocal
Competition Showcase Winners, and the Fair favorite 4-H Cake Auction will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the
Atmos Energy Picnic Pavilion. Proceeds benefit the Williamson County 4-H Program.
Midway ticket specials are available on both Saturdays of the Fair. Options include unlimited rides from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $25, or unlimited rides from 10 a.m. to midnight for $35. Midway specials must be
purchased by 4 p.m. on Saturdays only. Like Friday night, fireworks begin at 10 p.m.
Guests aged 55 and older will receive free admission on Senior Day, Sunday, Aug. 5 , compliments of
Cigna-HealthSpring. The gates open at noon, and unlimited midway rides all day can be purchased for
$25. Fairgoers are invited to watch the live judging of the popular Loveless Cafe Biscuit and Goo Goo
Cluster Baking Contests at 3 and 4 p.m., respectively, inside the air-conditioned arena.
The Williamson County Fair Pageants will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at
Academy Park, 112 Everbright Ave. Franklin, TN 37064. The Babies and Toddlers contest will start the
pageant, ending with the selection of the Fairest of the Fair at 7 p.m.
For the full schedule, ticket information, hours and FAQs, visit www.williamsoncountyfair.org .