State Fair officials are determined to find the best Tennessee two-crust apple pie, the most meticulously cured and delicious country ham, the most precious handmade quilt, the largest watermelon, the state's most prized dairy cow and the very best of literally scores of other cultivated, handcrafted, self-produced and personally created food items, works of art, farm animals and agricultural products.
And best of all the rewards for these outstanding achievements, besides having the bragging rights of being the state's best, now total almost $150,000 in cash prizes.
The Tennessee State Fair, a tradition for more than 100 years, is placing a greater emphasis, according to Kinsey Emery, marketing and event manager, on events, activities, and topics that are important to families.
She listed agriculture, the arts, energy conservation, and the economy as just a few of the areas where the State Fair is providing a platform from which all can learn.
"And somewhat related to these topics is the experience of competing to be the state’s best, learning from participating in the competition, and for many just observing and seeing why some entries may be better than others. It’s all part of a very important learning experience provided by the State Fair,” Emery said.
She explained the call for entries is made in an attempt to get a broad statewide representation.
“As always, we're looking for the very best Tennessee has to offer," Emery said.
She noted a blue ribbon win at the State Fair is something worth "bragging about" because it means "you're the best in Tennessee."
Emery encouraged those considering submitting entries for competition at the State Fair to visit www.tnstatefair.org for a complete listing of contests and categories to be judged from creative arts, to baked goods, to livestock and for other information regarding rules, deadlines and certain procedures to be followed.
The Tennessee State Fair, a family tradition for the Volunteer state since 1906, is held annually in the heart of Nashville at the State Fairgrounds.
Providing family entertainment in a welcoming environment, a magnificent midway, and fun for all ages, the Tennessee State Fair is visited each year by thousands from all across the state and neighboring states.
The Fair this year opens on Sept. 5, and closes 10 days later on Sept. 14.