The Williamson County Fair opens Friday |  Entertainment

The Williamson County Fair opens Friday | Entertainment

There’s something special about the sights, smells, sounds and smiles at the August Williamson County Fair.

The screams of the Midway rides, the laughter of children watching dinosaurs and circus clowns, the smell of fried everything, and the soft, sweet cool of homemade ice cream come flooding back at even the mention of the fair.

Those memories will return Friday when the Williamson County Fair opens for nine more days of clean, safe, family-friendly fun.

Experience rides on the Midway to musical entertainment on the Nissan Stage; a range of activities, performances, demonstrations and competitions in the air-conditioned arena; livestock competitions in stables and cattle arena; and much more. Also, be sure to check out the newborn piglets and other animals in the Children’s Yard.

The ribbon cutting begins tomorrow at 5:30 pm recognizing the hundreds of volunteers and sponsors who helped make the 18th annual Williamson County Fair possible. Doors officially open at 6 p.m

Music lovers will find a variety of talent and genres across the nine days, including Emily Kidd at 6pm and Tim Watson, ‘The Fiddle Man,’ returning to the Nissan Stage at 7.30pm on opening day. Check the schedule online for other show times.

On the arena floor, gamers can have a “larger-than-life experience” in the Taikai VR Arcade; the first 15 minutes are free and $10 for each subsequent 15 minutes.

Award-winning vegetables, fruits, eggs and dozens of vendors will also be featured on the arena floor, along with creative arts, culinary arts and cultural arts exhibits, demonstrations and competitions, a butterfly garden, a chicken hatchery, a community art project and the Kardinni Magic Show . The Nashville Soccer Club will hit the arena at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 6.

Outside in the covered arena, the sea lions will show their natural behavior and how they bond with their adopted family. Watch them play or lounge in their specially designed pool between shows.

In Fair Village will be MEGAMORPH, a full-size Chevy Camaro capable of transforming into a nearly 15-foot-tall robot, as well as the Planters #NUTmobile.

Several returning favorite rides will be joined by a new thrill ride, Jekyll & Hyde. The popular Eagle Wheel 16, Cyclops, Mantis, Matterhorn, Mixer and more will return, and for younger thrill seekers, Bumble Bees, Circus Trains, Dalmatians, Kite Flyer and more will be there again. See the list of rides on the fair website.

Check the schedule online for the 4-H Cake Auction, Kids in the Kitchen, Clover Fashion Show, Puckett’s Cobbler Contest, Loveless Cafe Biscuit Contest, Goo Goo Cluster Contest and all livestock contests.

Competitions will be held on Sunday, August 7th at 2:00 pm at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Academy Park. The Sing Your Heart Out competition will return to the Nissan Stage on Tuesday.

Other fun events returning will be the Piccolo Zoppe family circus with its daring acrobatics in the air, on horseback and in the arena; Jurassic Kingdom with a mischievous Tyrannosaurus Rex; Roark Phillips, the chainsaw artist; and Middle Tennessee Electrical Safety Demonstration.

Saturday, August 13 will be Patriot Day, where all active and retired military will be admitted free with a military ID. At 10:30 a.m. that day, several Hometown Heroes – local veterans who have continued their service by making their community a better place – will be recognized and honored in a special ceremony on the Nissan Stage.

Daily tickets to the fair are $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and younger are free.

Look for daily Midway admission and promotions, purchase discount tickets, download daily schedules and a map and more on the Williamson County Fair website at www.williamsoncountyfair.org.

See you at the fair!

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