You may recall, that I wrote about the Williamson County Fair two years ago — when the Fair made its debut after a 50-year hiatus.
We were excited to visit the Fair and to see George Jones perform in the arena there. Unfortunately we (and others) had mixed feelings after going to the Williamson County Fair that year.
Traffic, heat, long lines, parking, and mass confusion — among other things — led to a lot of frustration back then.
Good news: We went to the Fair the next year, and they seemed to have the long lines and traffic problems figured out.
Even better news: They’ve announced that they’ve “fixed” the other items for this year’s Fair.
From the 2007 Williamson County Fair Guide:
Although our Fair is now only in its third year, you will find it to be on par with most regional or state fairs in its quality and scope of offerings… The Fair is better because Fair organizers have learned what works and what doesn’t.”
— Dave Crouch
Chair, Williamson County Fair Association
Some of those things are…
Air conditioning in the arena. For the first time, the Ag Expo Center will be air conditioned, making the concerts way more enjoyable and giving people a cool place to walk through and escape the heat at the same time.
FREE parking. The time-consuming process of making change and parking people at the same time led to a lot of congestion in the parking lots and frustration on behalf of the fairgoers the past two years. Free parking is a nice courtesy and a huge step toward top notch customer service.
Lower prices on admission. The 2007 Williamson County Fair happens to coincide with the State of Tennessee’s tax holiday. So they’ve decided to incorporate lower prices at the Fair as well. For example, on opening night, you can ride the rides as many times as you want for $10. Then, on Saturday they’re offering half-price admission from 9AM to 5PM and $1 rides during that same time.
As far as behind-the-scenes improvements go… this year, they’ve turned all of the vendor management over to the Downtown Franklin Association. Their experience and fine eye for detail are sure to make a difference and free up the Fair Board for other duties at hand.
All in all, I’m excited about all the changes at the Fair this year. It can only lead to more F-U-N for all who visit the Williamson County Fair!
I kind of wish there were a few more things on the schedule that people like us (middle-aged spontaneous & fun couples with no children) would enjoy. On first glance, I’m not particularly interested in any of the musical acts this year. And the only thing that catches my eye at the moment is the Ultimate Air Dogs competition. Last year, the dogs were enjoyable to watch. But then… I love dogs.
Overall, my preview for the 2007 Williamson County Fair: 2 thumbs up!
Don’t miss it: August 3-7, 2007
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We moved from Florida to Tennessee in 2001. All signs point to the fact that we will probably retire here — by choice. We L O V E Nashville! Our favorite places to live are just south of the City — we've had houses in Brentwood, Franklin, and Spring Hill. And we have properties in Leipers Fork, Cookeville, and Lewisburg. This site is where I share my best tips for moving your family to Nashville and/or visiting Nashville for the first time — with the ultimate goal of helping you find fun things to do in Williamson County and Davidson County. When I'm not out & about enjoying the Nashville area, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).