Workers spend Labor Day prepping for Tennessee Valley Fair

Workers spend Labor Day prepping for Tennessee Valley Fair

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"It takes a lot of wonderful, hard working people," said Tennessee Valley Fair public relations worker Sarah Thompson. "Safely 300 to 400 people will be out here at any given time just working away getting everything together." "It takes a lot of wonderful, hard working people," said Tennessee Valley Fair public relations worker Sarah Thompson. "Safely 300 to 400 people will be out here at any given time just working away getting everything together."
Silcox skipped the Labor Day barbecue plans to instead construct the church's booth among other preps. Silcox skipped the Labor Day barbecue plans to instead construct the church's booth among other preps.
"This is just the beginning," said Jerry Silcox. "We have got ten days at the church of making apples and bringing them out here. I've got to go back to the church today to set up everything to make the apples." "This is just the beginning," said Jerry Silcox. "We have got ten days at the church of making apples and bringing them out here. I've got to go back to the church today to set up everything to make the apples."

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With less than a week until opening day, every second counts.

Gates of 94th Annual Tennessee Valley Fair will open Friday and that means putting in some holiday work hours.

"It takes a lot of wonderful, hard working people," said Tennessee Valley Fair public relations worker Sarah Thompson. "Safely 300 to 400 people will be out here at any given time just working away getting everything together."

The rides have already arrived, along with the animals.

Several food vendors also came in on Monday directly from Boomsday.

Jerry Silcox has been a part of the Fairview United Methodist's Famous Caramel Apples booth since he was six years old.

He skipped the Labor Day barbecue plans to instead construct the church's booth among other preps.

"This is just the beginning," said Silcox. "We have got ten days at the church of making apples and bringing them out here. I've got to go back to the church today to set up everything to make the apples."

Church members had to make some repairs to the booth after flooding rains last year. With the summer Knoxville has had so far, Silcox is hoping this year won't be a repeat.

"We had six inches of water last year around our booth when we came to take it apart. So I don't want that again," said Silcox.

Rain or shine the fair will go on.

"People say, 'What's the difference in a good fair and a not-so profitable fair"' It is the weather," said Thompson.

The fair kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. at Chilhowee Park and runs through Sunday, September 15.

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