IMG_5470  1Are you ready? Before you know it, August 22, 2016, will be here!  And that means the start of the 2016 Appalachian Fair.  At a press conference this morning, Phil Booher, who serves as secretary-manager of the fair, spoke to the media about this year’s event.  Board member, David Guinn, announced the main stage entertainment this year. This is the 90th year for the fair, and the 2016 edition comes with a few great changes, and as always, an awesome line-up for the main stage.

P1030366 Meet Appy, the fair’s new mascot, pictured above. Happy Appy will be making his way around the fairgrounds this year, greeting children and shaking hands with everyone. And, we hear there is going to be a train ride this year, taking children throughout the fairgrounds.

GKThe United States Army Parachute Team the Golden Knights, who have performed at our fair previously, will be pack this year, with shows on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, at 7 p.m. each evening.

P1030364Now for the part you have all been waiting for – our 2016 Main Stage entertainment!

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Monday, Aug. 22
“From the Ground Up”
“Nothin’ Like You” “

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Tuesday, Aug. 23
“Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde”
“Love Of A Woman”
“T-R-O-U-B-L-E”

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Wednesday, Aug. 24
“Stay a Little Longer”
“21 Summer”

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Thursday, Aug. 25
“Backroad Song”
“Miles and Mud Tires”

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Friday, Aug. 26
“I Can Only Imagine”
“Homesick”
“I Would Die for You”

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Saturday, Aug. 27
Why Don’t We Just Dance”
“Long Black Train”
“Your Man””Would You Go with Me”

Daily admission to the fair remains at $8 for adults, $3 for children 6-11 (when accompanied by an adult), and under 5 are admitted free. These tickets do go on sale on July 23, and if you by the 6-day pass or the 3-day pass, you get those at a discount.  Call the Fair ticket office (423-477-1120) for more information about that.  Your daily admission ticket will get you in to the concert grandstand seating, but if you would like a  reserved seat to any of the shows, those also go on sale on July 23, and are $15 each for Dan + Shay, Travis Tritt, Mercy Me and Josh Turner; and, $10 each for Brothers Osborne and Grainger smith.

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The Appalachian Fair is the second largest fair in the state of Tennessee. The fair has more than $1 million in assets, and the economic impact to the area has been estimated at more than $26 million.  There are 20 permanent buildings, Two entertainment stages, a motor sports facility, and a museum building exhibiting hundreds of antique items from the immediate area. One of our favorites has always been the Tennessee Wildlife building, which includes a cave, waterfall, and mountain area where animals, fish and fowl can be housed in their natural habitat.  Everyone who visits enjoys the barnyard nursery. Of course the huge midway will again be set up with amusement rides, games and food!

appalachianfairThe Fairest of the Fair pageant will be held on Monday at the Museum Stage, where you will also find the Little Miss Contest, Battle of the Bands, Youth Talent Contest, So You think You Can Dance, and Appalachian Fair’s got Talent competitions, which will be held throughout the week. anyone interested in taking part in any of these events needs to call the fair office (423-477-3211) for more information on how you can get entered.  The Arena area will again be home for the Diesel 4×4 Truck Pull, USLMRA Lawn Mower Racing, Tuff Truck Competition and Demolition Derby. And don’t forget the many other events, like the Wool & Woolies Review, Corn Hole, baby Show, Watermelon Jaw, Adult competition, Livestock, and Career & Technology Education.

Keep up with everything Appalachian Fair by visiting their Website. Visit their Facebook page, too, and please remember to “Like” it while you are there. When you have an extra minute, head over to our Facebook page, and give us a “Like”, too!  If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you.  You will find us @countryschatter.

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Are you ready? Before you know it, August 22, 2016, will be here!  And that means the start of the 2016 Appalachian Fair.  At a press conference this morning, Phil Booher, who serves as secretary-manager of the fair, spoke to the media about this year’s event.  Board member, David...