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Since 1916

“Knoxville simply must have a Fair!” From these words - more or less - the Tennessee Valley Fair was born. In our humble beginnings over 100 years ago, the Fair scene was quite different – attire, technology, transportation, entertainment. At the same time, the Fair scene was quite familiar to today – agriculture, rides, food, fun, and making memories. That’s the magic of the Fair: it’s a place that is new yet familiar. A place where you make memories and reminisce all at once.

Over 100 years ago, Knoxvillians dreamed of having a Fair spectacular to showcase our East Tennessee heritage and talents. With the hard work of many dedicated people, the first Tennessee Valley Fair was held in 1916. Today, the Tennessee Valley Fair has continued to keep the original dream of a Fair spectacular alive. Thousands of people have their hands in making a wonderful event happen while over one-hundred thousand fairgoers set their sights on enjoying a September day.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating East Tennessee's heritage with us.

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