The People News, a free newspaper serving Cleveland Tennessee (TN) and Bradley County Tennessee (Tn).

Of Bradley County Tn.

MAY  2007

                            The People News, a free newspaper serving Cleveland and Bradley County Tn.

The People News
Special Report






A Great Time At The Fair
.....The Foothills Country Fair.....

by Alexandra Edwards

A local county fair was once an event the citizens of Cleveland and Bradley County had not enjoyed for almost 40 years. Although interest for a fair had been expressed over the years by local residents and civic leaders, none seemed to want to take on the gargantuan task to make it happen. Until five years ago when members of ten Bradley County Ruritan Clubs got together for the purpose of bringing back to the community the fun and excitement of a country fair.  After many months of club meetings, planning, and preparation the First Annual Foothills Country Fair made its spectacular debut on April 30, 2004 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.  The Ruritan Clubs responsible for bringing what they considered to be "an enriching experience for the entire community" were: North Lee, Prospect, Harrison, Westside, Valley View, McDonald, Charleston, Black Fox Flint Springs and Cherokee Too. Because the first country fair of 2004 was a success, the Ruritan Clubs have been able to continue this wonderfully wholesome family tradition.

This year the fourth annual Foothills Country Fair will once again take place on May 17 through 20th at the Tri-State Exhibition Center, located ¼ mile West of I-75 at Exit 20.  A huge variety of events, entertainment and competitions for the entire family have been

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scheduled for this year's fair. Those creative folk who love to bake, paint, draw or sew, now have a chance to enter their creations in the 4H Cultural Arts Competitions. Entries for these will be on public display Thursday through Sunday. For animal lovers and farmers there will be the 4-H  Horse shows, 4-H Beef and Heifer show, Pen of 3" Feeder calf show, along with Poultry shows, a Petting Zoo, and also the Canine Culture Fest, and the Strut Your Mutt Kitty Cat, Too.

Naturally, there will be plenty of fun packed thrills for the kids which will feature a Carnival with lots of great new rides. There will be children's educational sideshows and fun activities and events to join in

throughout the weekend. One event which is sure to draw a crowd of all ages is the Foothills Mow-Down, lawn mower races which will include 8 classes, several of which will be for youths seven and up to participate.

Country fairs bring out lots of different kinds of talent

in the community and Bradley County has plenty of it, especially when it comes to music and beautiful women.

Bradley beauties from 5 through 20 as well as those in surrounding counties, have the chance to prove who is the fairest of them all. Prizes will be given to the top three in each of the five categories which will be; The Wee Miss (age 5-6), Little Miss (ages 7,8,9), The Fair Princess (ages 10,11,12) Junior Fairest of the Fair (ages 13, 14,15) and Miss Foothills (ages 16-20). Contestants are judged on beauty, poise and personality.

The Miss Foothills Fairest of the Fair Pageant and Junior Fairest of the Fair will be held on May 12 at Cleveland High School. Whereas the competition for Wee Miss, Little Miss and Fair Princess will be held at the Center Pavilion Stage during the fair on May 18.

For music lovers there will be a variety of local talent on  "Strut Your Stuff" on the little stage. Anyone wishing to share their talent can schedule a performance with Gina Jacobs at 423-472-0400.

What would a Tennessee country fair be without Bluegrass music. The Tennessee Pick'n Barn will be a good place to get a bite to eat, some ice cream and listen to the locals

conjure up some  good old fashion bluegrass.

This year's evening concerts will commence with 'Friday Evenin' Bluegrass' featuring; String Mountain Band, Barren County, Lone Mountain Band and Dismembered Tennesseeans. Nashville's 12 year old star, Taylor Ware will also make an appearance at the Friday and Saturday concerts and also Saturday afternoon at the Talent Stage.

Saturday night's concert will be 'Country Night.' Headliners for Saturday night's concert are Earl Thomas Conley and Steve Azar, other performers will be The Collins Brothers Band and Boogie Men.

Sunday morning will feature the  Country Cowboy Church. "This is a real fun, very informal fairground church where the cowboy will sing, pick guitar a little and talk about faith," said Foothills Country Fair advertising and promotions chairman, Tracy O'Connell.

Also at the fair each day will be numerous vendor booths, art and craft exhibits, and motorcycle display. There will be chances to win prizes as well as numerous door prizes and prize give-aways.

The Foothills Country Fair will be presenting four days of jam packed fun for the family. Fair admission is a real value for money especially if you plan on spending the whole day there... adults: $5, children age 5-12  $3, infant to 4 year olds get in free. The Saturday night Country Concert admission will be $10 after 6pm.  Foothills County Fair Collector Pins are also available for $10 each and will provide admission to all four days of the fair, a saving of $15. 

There will be a tempting variety of food and drinks, ice cream and all the delicious country fair snacks.

The Ruritan Clubs with a great deal of effort and in true spirit of their

motto; Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service, have successfully presented the community three three good fairs, lets hope the fourth annual Foothills Country Fair will be an even greater success. 

Ruritan Club members play a vital role in our county by primarily helping those citizens in need. The proceeds from this fair go back into the community by funding community service projects. Some money will also be used for scholarships to our local schools and they hope there will be enough left to go towards funding the next Foothills Country Fair.

You can make that happen if you invite your friends, your kin folk, your neighbors to share a wonderful time at the fair.

For applications, and all above  information on Foothills Country Fair go to or call (423) 339-1989,  (423) 476-9999 or the Tri State Exhibition Center (423) 476-9310