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2012 Fair Awards

Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Commissioner Julius Johnson recently presented awards to 56 of the state’s top county agricultural fairs. They were recognized with the Merit Award for outstanding achievement during the 2011 fair season. More than 950 people attended the Fairs Merit Awards recognition dinner at the 90th Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs (TAF) convention held January 19-21, in Nashville. 

The top award went to the Cumberland County Fair in Crossville when it was named the Champion of Champions Fair for 2011. The Cumberland County Fair was also recognized by TDA and TAF President Tommy Wheatley, with the “Award of Merit” based on overall operations, educational value and promotion of local interest in agriculture and community spirit.

“Fairs are a tradition in the agricultural industry and showcase the best our farms and communities have to offer,” said Johnson. “Our Tennessee fairs have a positive impact on local economies as well as the agriculture contributions and education that they provide to visitors.” 

The annual awards are sponsored by TDA and TAF, the state organization representing Tennessee’s fair industry. 

In 2011, almost three million visitors attended county and regional agricultural fairs in Tennessee. Fairs in Tennessee generated more than $11 million in gross receipts last year.  More than 14,000 volunteers from 62 fairs in the state devoted time and energy to fairs which had approximately 29,000 agricultural exhibitors showcasing livestock, farm crops and other agricultural exhibits.  

The 14th Annual Fair Showcase competition, another competition held during the convention, consisted of 547 entries in 45 categories. Fairs competed for prize money, trophies and ribbons sponsored by the TDA and the TAF. Categories ranged from fair catalogs, websites and educational displays, to fair shirts, posters, scrapbooks, creative ideas and table-top exhibits.

Division A
State Champion: Smith County Fair
1st runner-up: Morgan County Fair
2nd runner-up: Benton County Fair
Most Improved: Clay County Fair

Division AA
State Champion: Henry County Fair 
1st runner-up: Dyer County Fair
2nd runner-up: Middle Tennessee District Fair
Most Improved: Cheatham County Fair

Division AAA
State Champion: Gibson County Fair
1st runner-up: Jefferson County Fair
2nd runner-up: Anderson County Fair
Most Improved: Sevier County Fair

Premiere Awards
Champion:
Lincoln County Fair
Division A:
Fentress County Fair
Division AAA:
Obion County Fair

14th Annual Fair Showcase Competition Winners 2012

Category

1st  Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Premium Book

Williamson County Fair

Henry Co. Fair

Macon Co. Fair

Premium Tabloid

Wilson Co. Fair

Cheatham Co. Fair

Cocke Co. Fair

Fair Brochure

Anderson Co. Fair

Tennessee Valley Fair

Williamson Co. Fair

Showbill

Wilson Co. Fair

Hickman Co. Fair

Foothills Country Fair

Flyer

Overton Co. Fair

Jefferson Co. Fair

Cocke Co. Fair

Fair Poster

Wilson  Co. Fair

Williamson  Co. Fair

Jefferson  Co. Fair

Letterhead

Lauderdale Co. Fair

Rhea Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Envelope

Lauderdale Co. Fair

Rhea Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Scrapbook  “A” Div.

Bledsoe Co. Fair

Fentress  Co. Fair

Sequatchie  Co. Fair

Scrapbook AA Div.

Lincoln Co. Fair

Warren Co. Fair

Cocke Co. Fair

Scrapbook AAA Div.

Greene Co. Fair

Jefferson Co. Fair

Wilson Co. Fair

Scrapbook Regional Div.

Tenn. Valley Fair

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Pick Tenn. Products (Exhibit Photo)

Coffee Co. Fair

Lincoln  Co. Fair

Warren Co. Fair

Decorative & Ornamental gourds

Sequatchie  Co. Fair

Macon Co. Fair

Wilson Co. Fair

Pieced quilt (hand pieced & hand quilted)

Wilson Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Macon Co. Fair

Pieced quilt (machine pieced & machine quilted)

Wilson Co. Fair

Macon Co. Fair

Coffee Co. Fair

Fair Display - free standing

Rhea Co. Fair

Morgan Co. Fair

Henry Co. Fair

Fair Display table top

Wilson Co. Fair

Sevier Co. Fair

Macon Co. Fair

Other fair promotional items

Wilson Co. Fair

Warren Co. Fair

Cocke Co. Fair

Best Season Pass

Foothills Country Fair

Lincoln Co. Fair

Anderson Co. Fair

Best Fair Theme

Lauderdale Co. Fair

Bledsoe Co. Fair

Henry Co. Fair

Website page

Anderson Co. Fair

Foothills Country  Fair

Coffee Co. Fair

Video

Gibson Co. Fair

Sevier Co. Fair

Dyer Co. Fair

Creative Fair Idea (Agricultural )

Cheatham Co. Fair

Cocke Co. Fair

Wilson Co. Fair

Creative Fair Idea (other than agriculture)

Gibson Co. Fair

Lauderdale Co. Fair

Foothills Country. Fair

Fair Hat - screen printed theme

Cocke Co. Fair

Franklin  Co. Fair

 

Fair Hat - screen printed logo

Smith Co. Fair  

Franklin Co. Fair 

Cocke Co. Fair 

Fair Hat - embroidered theme

Cocke Co. Fair 

Wilson Co. Fair   

Rhea Co. Fair   

Fair Hat - embroidered logo

Houston Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Greene Co. Fair

Fair T-shirt - screen printed theme

Franklin Co. Fair

Gibson Co. Fair

DeKalb Co. Fair

Fair T-shirt - screen printed logo

Anderson Co. Fair

Sequatchie Co. Fair

Henry Co. Fair

Fair T-shirt - embroidered theme

Franklin Co. Fair

Cocke Co. Fair

Cheatham Co. Fair

Fair  T-shirt  embroidered logo

Cheatham Co. Fair

Tennessee Valley Fair

Lauderdale Co. Fair

Denim shirt - collar screen printed theme

Cocke Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Fentress Co. Fair

Denim shirt - collar screen printed logo

Cocke Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Fentress Co. Fair

Denim shirt - collar, embroidered theme

Jefferson Co. Fair

Lauderdale  Co. Fair  

Franklin  Co. Fair  

Denim shirt - collar, embroidered logo

Cheatham Co. Fair

Lauderdale Co. Fair

Gibson Co. Fair

Fair shirt -  collar, screen printed theme

Cocke Co. Fair

Rhea Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Fair shirt - collar, screen printed logo

Franklin  Co. Fair

Rhea Co. Fair

Cheatham Co. Fair

Fair shirt - collar, embroidered theme

Franklin Co. Fair

Cocke Co. Fair

Lincoln Co. Fair

Fair shirt - collar, embroidered logo

Anderson Co. Fair

Coffee Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

Recycled Product

Sequatchie Co. Fair

Wilson Co. Fair

Franklin Co. Fair

PowerPoint

Wilson  Co. Fair

Lincoln Co. Fair

Overton Co. Fair

Most Outstanding Entry   Winner

Sequatchie  Co. Fair