The 2019 Robertson County Fair is scheduled to get underway, opening on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 24, at the fairgrounds located at 4635 Highway 41 in Springfield.
The fair begins on a Tuesday instead of a Monday this year, with the annual fair parade beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
Trent Cobb, president of the Robertson County Fair Association, said due to scheduling conflicts with the carnival company, the fair had to begin on a different day this year.
Kissel Entertainment usually travels to Springfield from Cheatham County, but Cobb said they are further away this year and needed more time to assemble the rides and have them inspected to meet safety requirements.
“This is our third year to use Krissel,” Cobb said. “We’re very happy with them. They are very family oriented and friendly.”
This year’s fair has been dedicated to the memory of longtime fair volunteer Rebekah Lemley, who died following an aneurism last spring at the age of 30, according to Cobb.
Lemley was a 4-H volunteer leader for 17 years after being an active member of the club for nine years.
“She was a wonderful young lady,” Cobb said. “Rebekah did so much in her 30 years, more than most of us would do in a lifetime. She was always here volunteering – from the time when she was little-bitty in 4-H, Rebekah was always there – checking in exhibits and helping out with the pet show and everything.”
On Monday afternoon, prior to the opening of the fair, the association will treat area Century Farmers and their families to a cookout, featuring Pick Tennessee Products.
The parade’s theme on Tuesday this year is Country Nights – Carnival Nights. The best decorated float and the best marching band will each be awarded $150.
On Tuesday night, the Robertson County Credit Union is sponsoring a lip sync contest that is expected to have a lot of participation. It will be held at the main stage.
Arena events include a mini rod pull Tuesday evening; Wednesday is worship night; Thursday’s arena event will be the Summer Black Out Diesel Truck Pull; Friday there will be a Full Throttle Monster Truck event; and, Saturday, will be a demo derby.
The Monster Truck pull on Friday is expected to draw a large crowd, according to Cobb.
“This is something we’ve never had before,” Cobb said. “We’re going to have five monster trucks jumping over cars, crushing cars and doing stunts.”
On Saturday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m., there will be a youth talent show, for ages five to 19, held in the fair’s Century Stage. Participants must register by Friday, Aug. 16.
Like any county fair, there will be contests featuring art, cooking, baking, farm products, holiday décor, canned goods contests, sewing and photography.
Barn events include a sheep show, a beef show, a goat show and a livestock-dairy show. There will be a 4H Pullet show and sale.
For a catalog with all the schedules, deadlines and application details, visit the fair association’s website. Many deadlines to the exhibits and contests are prior to the fair opening.
The Robertson County Fairgrounds is located at 4635 Highway 41 N. in Springfield.
For more information, visit: www.robertsoncountyfair.com or Robertson County Fair on Facebook.
Tuesday through Thursday - $14 pay one way
Seniors (60+): Bring a bag of school supplies to receive
free admission. No rides included.
Friday & Saturday - $10 adults; $5 students.
Saturday: Armband special from 3 – 7 p.m.
Armband covers rides $20 - plus gate admission.
Alter Ego ride requires 2 additional tickets.