CLINTON, Tenn. (WATE) — The Anderson County Fair opened the gates on Monday for the first time since 2019. The fun and games will run through Saturday.
The annual fair is back with rides, a truck pull, cute critters, and activities for attendees such as a pie-eating contest and more.
A food vendor at the Anderson County Fair talked with WATE 6 News about what it was like being back after the pandemic. “Last year with COVID we had a little bit of a problem, a lot of our fairs got canceled, including this one, so this year we’re hitting it hard,” said James Roy Pope. “All of our fairs have been bigger than ever, people want to get out and we want them to come out.”
Pope also talked about how not every fair business survived the pandemic. “There’s been some carnivals that went out of business, there’s been some food vendors that went out of business, just some of them couldn’t maintain, couldn’t handle the year off,” he said. “We were lucky, the good Lord took care of us.”
One of the commercial vendors said he hopes people come out to the fairgrounds this week. “Of course we missed last year because of the lockdown, so we’re here again and here now and we hope everybody comes out here.” For Carl Wright, the Poultry Chairman, it’s all about family. “We can remember when the kids were really little, we’d come and spend the evening here going to the rides,” Wright said.
A new special this year at the fair includes free admission for kids 15 and younger every night of the fair – except Friday. There will also be live music each night as well as cash giveaways.
Gates open each evening at 5 p.m. The fair runs through Saturday, July 17 at the Anderson County Fairgrounds off of Charles Seivers Boulevard. Wednesday, July 15. gates will open at 11:30 am for Senior Citizens Day. Seniors and their escorts get free admission on this day.
General admission is $5 and season tickets can be purchased for $20. Children under 6 are free. Pay-one-price armbands are for sales at $20.
The Vice President of the Anderson County Fair also said masks are not required.
The full schedule of events can be found here.