The Overton County Fair returns on Thursday with expectations to be bigger and better than ever.
Fair Board Treasurer Donita Wilson said there will be something for everyone over the 11 days. Wilson said the people of Overton County makes the fair so special.
“We have a tremendous community support and volunteers,” Wilson said. “They come out and help us throughout the year. They help us on entry day, they help us with donations, they help us with pulling together events. We couldn’t do it without the community around that has stood behind us for years.”
Wilson said the fair will have events throughout the weekend, with the carnival beginning on Monday. Wilson said that admission varies between $2-$3 and gates open on Thursday at 3:00 PM with beauty pageants.
She said there have been extensive upgrades and renovations to the fairgrounds. Wilson said buildings have been painted, the electrical has been upgraded and there has been work to improve kids and special needs day.
“We have a mural that we hope people will like and sit down and have their picture made,” Wilson said. “We have made one of the big chairs like you see at Dollywood that is huge. It will be out there for people to have their picture made or just sit in.”
Wilson said that July 23 will be special needs day and July 24 will be the kids extravaganza, with two hours of free rides for kids. She said those are the days that really show why the effort to pull the fair together is worth it.
“The ones that attended… oh my gosh, they touch your heart,” Wilson said. “It was a blessing to us to have them.”
Wilson said July 21 will be senior day, allowing for smaller crowds and a chance for seniors to get out and see people they’ve missed during the pandemic. A full list of events, exhibits and gate times, overtoncountyfair.com has that information available.