The 56th annual Claiborne County Fair kicked off on Monday night when hundreds of fair-goers came out for carnival rides, 4-H displays, musical performances and more.
First night festivities included gospel and blue grass music featuring the Tri-State Youth Choir, Master Peach and Tazewell Pike. A Medic blood drive took place — with donors receiving a free VIP pass for another night at the fair. The 4-H Dairy Show was held and contestants can come see their produce, crafts, quilts, photos and other items placed in the annual fair contests, as the displays will be up throughout the week.
Tuesday night’s events included the Fairest of the Fair Pageant, the Junior Sheep Show and the lawnmower pull sanctioned by Posey Pull Team.
Pageant officials announced the Fairest of the Fair winners — Baby Miss, Kinlee Holt; Toddler Miss,Remy Kate Stubblefield;Wee Miss, Ella Grace Poore; Tiny Miss, Brooklynn Morris; PreTeen Miss, Bayli Alley; Teen Miss-Abigail Ferguson and the 2015 Miss Fairest of the Fair was Callie Corum.
Wednesday night festivities included more free live music. First to take the stage was The Ken Wilson and Craig Sowby Band, and the night closed with music from the Tennessee 90 Band.
Thursday night is the annual demolition derby. The derby is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and Thursday night and fair-goers get free laser tag with gate admission.
Friday night fun consists of an antique and modified tractor pull, with the weigh-in scheduled for 6 p.m. and the pull starting at 7 p.m. Fair-goers also get free laser tag with gate admission on Friday night.
The Saturday night finale consists of a fast modified tractor and truck pull. Classes include work stock, 2, 6 outlaw and stock diesel classes. Questions about the pull can be directed to Cody Watkins at 865-696-7279.
Fair-goers also get free laser tag with gate admission on Saturday.
The fair opens at 5 p.m. each day.
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