DeKalb County Fair Returns July 15-20

June 5, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Fair returns for its annual weeklong run Monday through Saturday, July 15-20.

With the theme “Celebrating 163 years at the Great DeKalb County Fair, this year’s edition will feature another fun filled week of rides by Prime Time Amusement Company, the opening of a brand new Ag Center for hosting various fair activities, and many crowd pleasing events including the Demolition Derby, Bullwhip Rodeo, ATV/Motorcycle Racing, the Lip Sync Battle and much more.

Two new beauty pageants will be added this year, a Mrs. Fair Queen for ladies up to age 49, and a Miss Senior Fair Queen for women age 55 and older.

Cash drawings will be held each night and you must be present to win. Any cash not won during the week will be given away on Saturday night.

The Farm Bureau mobile “Tennessee Agriculture in the Classroom” AgSimulator will also be on site during the fair behind the Commercial Building and in front of the new Ag Center. Students and adults will get to experience the feel of a real harvester cab while true ag facts and harvest simulations play inside the simulator.

The TWRA, Tennessee Division of Forestry, and Tennessee Highway Patrol will have displays and information to share.

The 2019 DeKalb County Fair Premium Book is now available and copies can be obtained at the following locations: In Liberty at Liberty State Bank and the Post Office; In Dowelltown at the Post Office; in Smithville at the UT/TSU Extension Office, USDA Office, Liberty State Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, Smithville Review, Smithville Post Office, DeKalb County Register of Deeds; and in Alexandria at Liberty State Bank, Wilson Bank & Trust, Alexandria Senior Center, the Village, Alexandria Post Office, Alexandria Library, and Alexandria City Hall.

Non-perishable items for display in the Kenneth Sandlin Center will be accepted on Saturday July 6th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Saturday July 13 for perishable entries from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The schedule of Fair events each night is as follows:

Monday, July 15:
*Cattle Show at the Ag Center- 6:00 p.m.
*Bullwhip Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena- 7:30 p.m.
*Junior Fair Princess Pageant for contestants ages 13-16 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant for contestants ages 17 to 20 at the Lions Club Pavilion
*Lip Sync Battle (Round 1) at the Lions Club Pavilion
*Cash Drawing-9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion

Tuesday, July 16:
*Poultry Show: 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn
*Little Mister for contestants ages 4-6: 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion
*Little Miss for contestants ages 4-6 following the Little Mister Pageant
*Demolition Derby: 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena
*Corn Hole Tournament: 7:00 p.m.
*Cash Drawing-9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion

Wednesday, July 17:
*Cooking Lamb: 6:00 p.m. at the Ag Center (First Come, First Served)
*Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9: 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion
*Kiddie Tractor Pull: 7:00 p.m. at the Ag Center
*ATV/Motorcycle Racing: 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena
*Cash Drawing-9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion

Thursday, July 18:
*Senior Day: 9:00 a.m. Alexandria Senior Center
*Junior Goat Show: 6:00 p.m. at the Ag Center
* Baby Show for contestants one day to 12 months: 6:00 p.m. followed Mrs. Fair Queen (up to age 49) at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by Miss Senior Fair Queen (age 55 and older)
*ATV/Motorcycle Racing: 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena
*Cash Drawing-9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion

Friday, July 19:
*Sheep Show: 6:00 p.m. at the Ag Center
*Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 48 months: 6:00 p.m. followed by Lip Sync Battle (Finale) at the Lions Club Pavilion
*Antique Tractor Pull: 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena
*Cash Drawing-9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion

Saturday, July 20:
*Horseshoe Tournament: Noon at the Tot Kelly barn
*Gospel Singing: 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion
*Super Tractor/Truck Pull: 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena
*Cash Drawing-9:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village which features replicas of Prichard’s Motors, DeKalb Telephone Cooperative, Jennings’ Barber Shop, DeKalb Community Bank, Alexandria Drug Store, Jennings Produce, Alexandria Mercantile, and DeKalb County Fair Veterans Building.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by Prime Time Amusement. Unlimited rides will be available for $15.00 on Monday night; $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $5.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

Meanwhile the DeKalb County Fair Decorated Hay Contest will be featured again this year. It is open to any youth or adult resident of DeKalb County. Hay can be entered Saturday July 13th – From 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. Hay bales may be decorated Saturday and Sunday July 13th and 14th. Must be completed by 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Hay Bales must be removed by July 21.

There are three categories: Decorated Round Bale, Decorated Square Bale, and Decorated Display.

Visit the DeKalb County Fair website at the link below for information about renting booth space, being a sponsor, entering pageants and shows, entering exhibits and events. The contact person and phone number for all of these are listed on the website at
www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/