Fentress Co. Fair Named “Champion of Champions” at State Fair Convention

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS! State Representative Kelly Keisling joins part of the Fentress County Fair delegation to show off their Champion of Champions Trophy which they received as last week’s Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention in Nashville.  Left to right:  Representative Keisling, Fentress County Fairest of the Fair Shea Sparks, Fair Board President Jimmy Sweet, Fair Board Vice-President Chris Watson, Fair Board Secretary-Treasurer Cindy Smith and Tennessee Association of  Fairs Administrator Lynn Williams.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS!
State Representative Kelly Keisling joins part of the Fentress County Fair delegation to show off their Champion of Champions Trophy which they received as last week’s Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention in Nashville. Left to right: Representative Keisling, Fentress County Fairest of the Fair Shea Sparks, Fair Board President Jimmy Sweet, Fair Board Vice-President Chris Watson, Fair Board Secretary-Treasurer Cindy Smith and Tennessee Association of Fairs Administrator Lynn Williams.

It just keeps getting better.

For many years now, the Fentress County Fair has been recognized as one of the top fairs in the state,and proved that point even more, as the local fair was named the “Champion of Champion Fair” for the third time at the Tennessee Association of Fairs 94th Annual Convention, held last week at the Sheraton Music City in Nashville.

“This year’s Fair Convention was very successful,” said Cindy Smith, Fentress County Fair Secretary:  “We received the Champion of Champions Trophy for the 2015  season.  This is the highest honors for a fair in our organization, as we were competing against AA Division Hardin County and AAA division Greene County.

In addition to taking top honors for the Fair, local Fair Board Member Brenda Pierce-Williams was named President of the Tennessee Association of Fairs for the 2016 season.  Mrs. Pierce-Williams becomes the fourth person from Fentress County to hold that title.  Other State Fair Presidents  from Fentress County include P.G. Crooks in 1948, Rupert Blair in 1974, and David Crooks in 1984.

The Convention began on Thursday, January 21st, with entry of showcase exhibits, pageant registration, and auction to name a few activities.

The first night of the event always brings together delegates and fair officials from across the state to visit with each other, share ideas, and learn what others have done throughout the season, how their fair did and what they are doing new.

On Friday, the day started with the Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting  and interviews of the Fairest of the Fair contestants, followed by rehearsal by the contestants.

The program for Friday consisted primarily of business sessions, building up to one of the highlights of the entire event, the crowning of the Fairest of the Fair on Friday evening, which saw the stage filled with 57 lovely young ladies competing for the coveted title.

Miss Shea Sparks, Fentress County Fairest of the Fair, was lovely and represented Fentress County well, being named “Most Photogenic.”

Cindy Smith was also presented the Judy Basse Award, which goes to the Outstanding Fair Secretary.  Cindy also served as Chairperson for the Photography Committee.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.