This year's Sevier County Fair has a lot of new events planned

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Laser tag. A sanctioned goat show. Appearances by Curious George. Bingo. Lego building contests.

This year's Sevier County Fair will have those new attractions and more. The annual fair will be held Sept. 2-7 at the fairgrounds on Old Knoxville Highway.

"We hope it will be the best one yet," Sherrie Crawford, the volunteer fair director, said.

Last year the fair was judged best in its class in Tennessee, and this year competes with the other two winners in their classes — Cocke County and Obion County — for the grand prize.

The fair opens at 3 p.m. Labor Day, and Crawford hopes the man to whom the fair is dedicated this year will be there to cut the ribbon. Jim Brown, longtime fair volunteer and coordinator for vendors and the ticket booth, has had some health problems this year and had to back away from his duties, Crawford said.

Admission is $5 for adults, free for ages 10 and under, but there are several ways to help the community and get a discount on the tickets:

  • Bringing two canned goods per person to the fairgrounds the week before it starts will earn a $2-off admission coupon. For $1 the week of the fair people can guess how many canned goods are in the truck — donated by Lumberjack Feud — and the winner gets two tickets to the Bristol race for the winning guess. The canned goods and money will go to Sevier County Food Ministries.
  • Farm Bureau of Tennessee and the Blalock Companies will provide free tickets to every student age 11 and up. The tickets, good for one day's admission, will be distributed at schools.
  • The Boys & Girls Club along with Caton's Chapel, Gatlinburg-Pittman, Sevier County High, New Center and Seymour Middle schools will be selling advance tickets and keeping the proceeds.
  • Tuesday is Paint the Mountain Pink night, when persons wearing pink will get $2 off admission. That $2 goes to the program that pays for mammograms for those without insurance.

Meanwhile Crawford said several new entertainment programs are planned this year, in the continuing effort to keep things fresh at the fair. Among the new attractions:

  • Saturday afternoon bingo sponsored by SmartBank, with prizes — not money — going to the winners.
  • Free laser tag Monday-Wednesday in the arena.
  • Lego building in the Little Red Barn Theater, for any age group, with individuals or teams getting 45 minutes to build something with the Legos provided. The fair's Teen Youth Board will judge the creations, with the winners competing at the Tennessee Valley Fair.
  • The goat show sanctioned by the American Dairy Goat Association on Friday night.

Popular features will be back, including the pageants Monday and Tuesday, turtle race Thursday, ice cream eating contest  and watermelon seed spitting contest both Wednesday. Musical performers — all local residents — include Ben Whisler of Seymour Saturday night, Kristina Craig Friday night and Downtown Five on Wednesday night.

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