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Appalachian Fair offers fun, music, funnel cakes

August 23rd, 2012 8:54 am by Staff Report

Appalachian Fair offers fun, music, funnel cakes

Mmmm ... funnel cake! Just try to say funnel cake without drooling like Homer Simpson. It’s pretty hard not to get a bit misty-eyed and hungry when thinking about this deep-fried, sugary confection.
Funnel cakes certainly appeal to the child in all of us. Although funnel cakes will never be confused for health food, they do have a simple magic of transporting us back to a simpler time when we didn’t have to worry about our cholesterol or waistlines.
And there is no better place to reconnect with the funnel cake than at the Appalachian Fair in Gray. The Appy Fair, which got under way Monday, has become as much a part of local Americana as funnel cake or cotton candy.
As we’ve said in this spot many times before, it’s comforting to know that at least three generations in Upper East Tennessee have enjoyed a visit to the fairgrounds in Gray.
The fair as we know it today began taking shape in 1952 when Washington County donated 5 acres near the school to become a permanent home for the event. Both children and their parents rejoiced when the James Drew Exposition came to the fair in the late 1960s, bringing rides that still excite and thrill fairgoers today.
Over the decades, music has been a prime draw to the fair. This year is no exception, with top acts such as Kellie Pickler, Hunter Hayes and Dailey & Vincent scheduled to take the stage.
For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.AppalachianFair.com.

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