The seventh annual Foothills Country Fair kicks off today at 4 p.m. and the Tri-State Exhibition Center festivities will continue until 10 p.m. Look for the same schedule Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the fair fun goes from noon to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
The Cleveland Cowboy Church will hold a worship service on the fairgrounds Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Some preliminaries began Tuesday night with the “Fairest of the Fair” pageants for ages 13-20. Pageants continue Thursday at 6 p.m. for girls 5 to 12 and the Baby Pageant will take center stage Saturday at noon for children under 4.
If you have ever attended a country fair then you know what to expect. The Foothills shindig offers all the same family fun you could possibly want ... and more!
Do you enjoy lawn mower racing? At the Foothills Country Fair they call it the “Mow Down” and it’s here.
How about the old fashioned Demolition Derby? Yep, this country fair has that too.
Do you like rodeo? If you’re answer is “yes,” then rest assured you’ll get the opportunity to view the Junior Pro Championship Rodeo.
Do you have a hankering for some live music? If so, you can enjoy a quality concert by the multitalented Greg Lowery, who is a professional touring entertainer, a TV personality, a session picker and a vocalist. We call him multitalented because he possesses a wide array of musical styles and venues.
How about animals ... a little agriculture maybe? Foothills is right up your alley. Check out the Farm Day Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. Also, for this event all children age 12 and under will be admitted free to the fair with a paid adult admission.
How about some dog racing? Yes, it’s here and it’s new to the Foothills Country Fair. Hosted by Petco and PALS, you’ll get some laughs with racing in several official categories — Chihuahuas, Dachshunds and Small Dogs and Mixed Breeds.
If you’re interested in giving, the fair also hosts a canned food drive on behalf of The Caring Place. Your generous donation could even land you a return — $500 in prize money compliments of Larry Hill Ford. No need to make a purchase. Just bring a canned good. The food drive is sponsored by the Fair, Ruritan National and local Ruritan clubs, Food Lion and Larry Hill Ford.
And yes, there’s more. This growing country fair is saluting several centennial celebrations in honor of some names you’ll readily recognize: Boy Scouts of America, 4-H in Tennessee, Whirlpool and Moon Pies.
Did we forget to mention? Exhibits ... entertainment of all kinds ... games ... and yes, a carnival which is being brought to the fair by Paradise Amusement!
Most who have attended still remember their very first country fair — the electric atmosphere, the palate-teasing aroma of popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs, roasted peanuts and more, the community exhibits, the family-friendly games, the carnival rides, the special programs like pageants and even rodeo, live concerts and racing!
We encourage you to say “yes” to the urge. Put on some comfortable clothes, pack up the family and head down APD 40 to the Tri-State Exhibition Center. If you’ve attended it before, you know you don’t want to miss this one. If you’ve never attended — or if this is your first chance to “experience” a country fair — then you don’t want to delay!
Even more notably, the price is right! You and your family can walk through the gates at only $5 per head. For those wanting to visit every day, you can buy a $10 pin that will give you unlimited access.
The Foothills Country Fair is a rare treat that tickles the funny bone of men, women and children.
We urge you to let it tickle yours!