Posters are going up all around Sequatchie County, for the county fair next week.
Aug. 13, 2019 – “From Pioneer Days to Modern Ways” is the theme for the 2019 Sequatchie County Fair, and this year, it's completely free. The 4-H “Chick Chain” Poultry Show kicks it off on Saturday, Aug. 17, and every exhibit, every entertainment is free of charge!
Exhibit rooms will be open Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 12-24, for everyone to walk through to view the hundreds of entries, including quilts, preserved foods, photos, art, handicrafts, sewing and needlework, flowers, and more. Vendors will be set up in the gym area with booths offering information, as well as items for sale.
The fair concession stand will be open each day with drinks, popcorn, candy, and more.
The main reason for there being no charge this year – to enter an exhibit or to enjoy the fair – is because the Sequatchie County Commission more than doubled its contribution.
“We went to them with our hand out for our $4,000, and they gave us $10,000!” Fair Board President Sammye Finley said today.
“It's been especially helpful this year,” Board Vice-President Linda Green Johnson added, “because we had issues with the building. The county has been really helpful with repairs. We've had personnel changes. We're too small to get a carnival. Having extra help from the county lets us make the fair more accessible by offering free admission.”
Fair Board Pres. Sammye Finley and Vice-Pres. Linda Johnson are heading up the volunteers setting up for the 2019 Sequatchie County Fair at the fairgrounds on Heard St. in Dunlap.
Volunteers have been painting, cleaning, and putting up new curtains in the three exhibit rooms, as well as assembling display tables and partitions for the main gym-area.
Another change to the fair this year is three days for entering exhibits, rather than just one. In the past, exhibits could be dropped off only on the Monday that began Fair Week. Now, exhibits may be taken to the Fair Building on Heard Street in Dunlap 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and all day Monday.
“We're expanding it,” Johnson said, “in hopes that more people will participate. We'll see how people like it and adjust it for next year. It's kind of an experiment.”
Fairest of the Fair Amelia Greer will preside over the 2019 fair, having been selected at the Fair Pageant July 20. Sydney BreAnn Boston Bryant was first runner-up.
In keeping with this year's theme, one of the two cook-off competitions on Saturday will pit cast-iron against the Instapot. The other cook-off will be the traditional “Pick Tennessee Products” competition. Lodge Cast-Iron has donated hundreds of dollars of cast-iron cookware as prizes.
Judges for all exhibits will be from outside Sequatchie County, and exhibitors will not be identified until after the judging is over. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded.
Fair books, with the schedule and complete instructions about exhibiting, are available at area banks, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Fair Building.
Saturday, 8/17 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Register exhibits / 10 a.m. Poultry Show
Sunday, 8/18 – 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Register exhibits
Monday, 8/19 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Register exhibits
Tuesday, 8/20 – 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Register flowers / 10 am.-CLOSE Exhibit judging – Closed to the Public
- 8 a.m.-noon Senior Day activities
- 10 a.m.-noon Register baked goods
- Noon-5 p.m. Baked Goods Exhibit judging – Closed to the Public
- 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sneak Peek for all exhibitors
- 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Gospel music, featuring Joe Sanders and the Chapel Hill Gospel Choir
Thursday, 8/22 – Gates open at 10 a.m.
Quilting demos (try your hand at quilting!), Down on the Farm, Silent Auction, Farmer For A Day (for kids)
- 7-9 p.m. – Music, barn dancing to Karaoke
Friday, 8/23 – Gates open at 10 a.m., and Rummy Tournament starts then at Senior Center
Demonstration Day, BABS, Down on the Farm, Farmer for a Day
- 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Jill's Kids
Saturday, 8/24 – Gates open at 10 a.m.
Quilting demos, Down on the Farm, Farmer for a Day
- 11 a.m.-noon – SCHS Band
- Noon-2 p.m. – Sequatchie's Got Talent, Children & Youth Division
- 2 p.m. – Cast Iron vs. Instapot Cook-off Competition
- 3 p.m. – Pick Tennessee Products Cook-off Competition
- 4-6 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament by Sandy Tibbs and Rick Layne
- 7-9 p.m. – Sequatchie's Got Talent, Adult Division
Exhibits should be picked up after the fair is over, on Sunday, noon-7 p. m. or Monday, 9 a.m.-noon.
Ribbons and trophies the Sequatchie County Fair has won in past years.