The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission was created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2012 to select and supervise a Tennessee not-for-profit corporation for the purpose of operating a state fair or exposition, and to grant exclusive use of the name "Tennessee State Fair" or "Tennessee State Exposition."
The commission comprises nine members including the commissioners of Agriculture, Tourist Development, and Economic and Community Development; the University of Tennessee Dean of Extension; the president of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation; an appointee by the mayor of the host county; and, three appointees by the governor.
The commission is administratively attached to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and meets only as necessary to conduct business. Public notices of meetings are distributed to media and posted on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Newsroom and on the State of Tennessee's Public Participation site.
For more information about the Commission, contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture at 615-837-5103.
Mr. Bo Roberts, Davidson County (Chairman)
Commissioner Julius Johnson, Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Department of Tourist Development
Dr. Tim Cross, Dean, UT Extension
Mayor Rogers Anderson, Williamson County
Mr. Lacy Upchurch, President, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation
Mr. Kendrick Curtis (designee), Department of Economic and Community Development
Mr. Hale Moss, Wilson County
Mr. Jim Forkum, Davidson County
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (Issued Nov. 20, 2013)
The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission is seeking proposals from any qualified Tennessee not-for-profit corporation for the purpose of operating, managing and conducting a state fair or exhibition annually, under the supervision of the Commission, for a period of five years (2014 through 2018). The deadline for proposals is Dec. 13, 2013. For more information, download the RFP Form, or contact RFP coordinator Robert Angle at Robert.Angle@TN.gov or 615-837-5173.