The DeKalb County Fair received a "Premiere" Award during the 87th Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention held January 15th-17th in Nashville.
As state divisional award winners from last year, the DeKalb County Fair in Division "A" along with the Middle Tennessee District Fair of Lawrenceburg in Division "AA" and the Coffee County Fair in Division "AAA" were in the running for the coveted Champion of Champions Fair award for 2008.
This year's Champion of Champions award went to the Middle Tennessee District Fair while DeKalb County and Coffee County received the "Premiere" Fair Awards in their divisions.
Meanwhile the 2008 DeKalb County Fairest of the Fair, Nicole Linn, was among the top ten finalists for the Tennessee Association's Fairest of the Fair. This year's crown went to the Warren County Fairest of the Fair. A total of 51 contestants competed for the title.
State divisional champion awards for 2008 went to the Overton County Fair, Division "A"; the Dyer County Fair, Division "AA"; and the Putnam County Fair, Division "AAA."
This year's Merit Awards dinner, attended by hundreds of fair managers, vendors and volunteers from across the state, was held at the Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel on Saturday evening. Many of the state's top county agricultural fairs were recognized for outstanding achievement during the 2008 fair season.