Farm fresh family fun is in store for this year's Appalachian Fair

Hannah Swayze • Jul 15, 2018 at 7:37 PM


The Appalachian Fair is a long-standing annual tradition in East Tennesse that features rides, live music, contests and more.


The 2018 Appalachian Fair will take place August 20-25.


This year's fair will take place at the Appalachian Fair Grounds at 100 Lakeview St. in Gray, Tennessee.

How much is admission?

Gate admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and under with a paying adult. Various discounts will be available throughout the week.

More information?

For those who have further questions, visit www.appalachianfair.com or call 423-477-3211.

Summer break is slowly nearing its end. While for many that means cooler weather and returning to school, in Gray, things are just starting to heat up. 

“Farm Fresh Family Fun," will the theme of the week as the Appalachian Fairgrounds opens its gates to families from all across the region for the 92nd year for days after day of family fun.

Returning this year is a week full of live musical acts, fair rides, contests, farm animals and more.

Activities will include the Barnyard Nursey and the Tennessee Wildlife Exhibit, interactive spaces that are popular with kids where they can see everything from ducklings to donkeys to fish to turtles and more up close and personal.

Other annual activities like the livestock showings and the Farm and Home Building events will take place throughout the event.

Main Stage

The fair will feature musical acts each on the Main Stage. Bluegrass, country and Christian artists are scheduled to entertain crowds.

Scotty McCreery and Dailey & Vincent will be in concert on Friday and Saturday that week, respectively. Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Tyla Boyd and Big Daddy Weave, LANCO and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will perform during the week.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. except for the Tuesday, Aug. 21, Tyla Boyd and Big Daddy Weave performance which will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are not an extra charge beyond the general fair admission. Reserved seats will be sold for $15 each.

Contests and shows

Plenty of crowd-favorite contests will be held once again on each day of the fair, such as the Fairest of the Fair, Little Miss, So, You Think You Can Dance and Appalachian Fair's Got Talent. Contests are open to all fair attendees, but preregistration is required. To see the application deadlines for each contest, visit the fair's website.

Each contest will take place on the Museum Stage each evening.

Another spot to see shows throughout the event is the Appalachian Arena. The week will begin with Monster Trucks and Outlaw Diesel Trucks Drags and Diesel Truck Sled Pulls during the week and then on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. the Demolition Derby will be held. Preregistration is required for these events.

In addition, each evening at 6:4 participants will be chosen at random to participate in the "Watermelon Jaw" watermelon/eating contest in front of the Farm and Home Building.

Admission to the contests and shows is free with fair entry.

For more information on any of the fair’s activities, schedules or deadlines, visit www.appalachianfair.com.

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