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‘Sew It! Grow It! Show It! -- Appalachian Fair returns for its 87th year

Marci Gore • Aug 9, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Celebrating its 87th year, the Appalachian Fair is one of the longest running fairs in the country and has established itself as the second largest fair in Tennessee.

The Appalachian Fair is celebrating “Sew It! Grow It! Show It!” with a full week of entertainment, food and fun for the whole family beginning Aug. 19 and continuing daily through Aug. 24.

The fair, which encompasses approximately 100 acres, offers a host of competitive exhibits, educational displays, food choices, livestock shows and entertainment options. Here’s a look at what’s coming up for this year’s event:


The Main Stage lineup includes some of the fastest rising stars in the entertainment world. The concerts will begin at 8 p.m., nightly. Grandstand seating is included in fair admission. Reserved seating is an additional $8 per show.

Easton Corbin, with hits that include “A Little More Country Than That,” “Roll With It,” Lovin’ You is Fun” and his current single, “All Over the Road,” kicks things off Aug. 19 followed by Dustin Lynch on Aug. 20. The Swon Brothers, who were this season’s runners-up on NBC’s talent show, “The Voice,” will be the opening act for Lynch.

Contemporary Christian artist, Jeremy Camp, will take the stage Aug. 21. His hits include “My God,” “All We Need” and “Mighty to Save.”

Florida Georgia Line will hit the stage Aug. 22 with their hits “Cruise,” “Get Your Shine On” and their current single, “Round Here.” Carla Dunn will open for Florida Georgia Line.

Gretchen Wilson will perform Aug. 23. Her hits include “Redneck Woman,” “Work Hard, Play Harder” and her current single, “Still Rollin’.” Kingsport native and Nashville rising star, Brinley Addington, will open for Wilson.

Bluegrass artists Dailey and Vincent will close out the fair on Aug. 24.

Reserved seat tickets for the Main Stage concerts, if available, can be purchased at the fairgrounds’ ticket office or by calling (423) 477-1420.


The Appalachian Arena has a mixture of old favorites and some new events for this year, including a Truck Pull at 6 p.m., Aug. 19; a Monster Truck Race at 7 p.m., Aug. 20 and 21; and an antique tractor pull at 6 p.m., Aug. 22.

An old favorite, the Demolition Derby, will start at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 23 and 24.

These attractions are all free with paid gate admission to the fair.


The Appalachian Fair historically attracts some of the finest livestock in the southeast. This year’s show schedule will begin with beef cattle shows on opening day. The junior beef show begins at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 19 with the Washington County Beef Show. Little Cowbuddies will begin at noon. The Junior Beef Show starts at 12:30 p.m.

The Open Show classes will begin at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 20 with the Other Breeds show. Hereford will begin at 9:30 a.m., Simmental at noon, Salers at 2 p.m., Shorthorn at 3:30 p.m., Limousin at 4:30 p.m. and Angus at 6 p.m.

Dairy cattle and sheep move in on Aug. 22.

The Open Dairy Cattle Show will begin at 10 a.m., Aug. 23 with cows. The Open Sheep Show will be held at 8 a.m., and the Adult Jackpot Showmanship will be held following the sheep show.

Washington County will hold the County Dairy Show at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 24. The Junior Dairy Show will begin at 10 a.m., with the Little Britches Contest at noon and the Junior Dairy Cows at 1 p.m.


The fair features a full slate of Farm and Home exhibits, contests, arts, crafts, canned goods, creative cooking, photography, corn hole tournaments and rides with the James H. Drew Exposition.

Fair admission is $8 for adults, and $3 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Parking is $3 per car.

For a complete schedule of events, call (423) 477-1420 or visit www.appalachianfair.com.

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