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What's New at the 100th Tennessee Valley Fair


KNOXVILLE, TENN. (August 5, 2019) – It’s here! A couple weeks from today, the 100th Tennessee Valley Fair will be taking place. Fair staff have been in the preparation stages for this year’s big event, planning the events that will take place during the 10 days. “This year is a huge year for us, we can’t wait to celebrate 100 years with all of our fairgoers” said Abby Suchomski, Marketing Coordinator of the Fair “Several new events have been added for this year to really celebrate our milestone in a big way.”

New additions to the Fair include:

Meet-A-Farmer - Meet a farm! Stop by local farmers to tell them hello, ask questions about their farm, and say thank you for feeding our community! Fairgoers can also “Touch a Tractor” – take a picture with one of farming’s most legendary pieces of equipment. Saturday, Sept. 7th at 1:00pm at the Livestock Barns.

Rock-It the Robot - Standing at nine-feet tall, Rock-It the Robot is the coolest live robot you'll meet. He plays music, dances, puts on a light show, zips around on a scooter, and will talk with you! Check calendar for showtimes.

Chalk Walk at the Fair - From Market Square all the way to the Tennessee Valley Fair the Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk is making another appearance this fall with a day-long street painting festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Fair! Chalk Walk will transform the sidewalks at Patriot Circle (near the Bandstand) into brilliant canvases for the region’s most talented professional and youth artists. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8th from 12PM-4PM (the Fair is open 12PM-12AM) with an awards ceremony immediately following. And don’t miss the First Tennessee Bank Fun Zone! Where children of all ages can pick up chalk and create their very own sidewalk masterpieces. Sunday, Sept. 8th at 12:00pm at Patriot Circle.

Tennessee Valley Fair Lady Pageant - Ages 21-39. Saturday, Sept. 7th in the Pepsi Tent.

Tennessee Valley Fair Woman Pageant - Ages 40-59. Saturday, Sept. 7th in the Pepsi Tent.

Skillet Throwing Contest - Contestants will throw a cast-iron skillet for a chance to win a prize. Check calendar for contest times. Located behind the Jacob Building in Yesteryear Village.

Local Beer Night - We are proud to present Local Beer Night in collaboration with Knoxville Area Brewers Association. Local brewers across the Knoxville area will serve beer from their brewery. Enjoy yard games and trivia by Knox Trivia Guys. Thursday, Sept. 12th from 5pm-8pm in the Bandstand.

Photo Spots - Wood Wall by Smoky Mountain Vintage Lumber, "100" made of flowers by Food City and Art Mural by Curtis Glover.

Rooster Crowing Contest – Which rooster will crow the most within 10 minutes? Find out who will be crowned Champion Crower.

LEGO Reconstruction of the Main Building – The Main Building was built in 1910 for the Appalachian Exposition. Unfortunately, the building was burned down in 1938 but we still reminisce and honor the gorgeous building. The LEGO reconstruction will feature the impeccable architecture and will be 8 feet long. Open Daily in the Jacob Building.

Motorcycle High-Wire Thrill Show – The Anastasini Circus will ride a motorcycle high above Lake Ottossee – on just a high-wire! Times vary each day. Check calendar for showtimes. Located over Lake Ottossee.

Art Mural by Curtis Glover – Knoxville mural artist Curtis Glover will be creating a masterpiece the first weekend of the Fair which will be displayed all 10 days.

Centennial Photo Contest – Past winning photographs from the photography competitions over the years will be on display. Open Daily in the Jacob Building.

Tennessee Valley Fair History Talks presented by Jack Neely and the Knoxville History Project – Jack Neely will be talking about the Tennessee Valley Fair’s long history. Saturday, Sept. 7th and 14th at 4:00pm in the Bandstand.

Yesteryear Village – Agriculture and rural life will be exhibited in Yesteryear Village including blacksmithing, steam engines, cut-off saw, gas engines, antique tractors, corn shelling by hand, gristmill, and a wheat threshing machine! Open Daily behind the Jacob Building.

Fair History Exhibit – The exhibit will feature photographs, memorabilia and more form the past 100 years. Open Daily in the Jacob Building.

Paddle Boats – The legendary paddle boats are back! Ride them along Lake Ottossee for a great view of the Fair. Open Daily on Lake Ottossee.

Money Pole – Another attraction brought back for the 100th. Competitors climb a giant pole to grab the money tucked high on the tip top. Check calendar for showtimes. Located behind Marvelous Mutts.

For more information on times, dates, prices, and more, visit The 100th Tennessee Valley Fair will be September 6th – 15th at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center.

About the Tennessee Valley Fair

The Tennessee Valley Fair is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and one of the state’s largest multi-day events attracting thousands of attendees each year. Known for its innovative exhibits, livestock shows, concert series, action sports, exciting rides and variety of unique foods, the Tennessee Valley Fair offers great entertainment for the entire family. The Tennessee Valley Fair is proud to present nightly fireworks sponsored by the Tennessee Education Lottery. For more information, please visit or call (865) 215-1471.


Abbington Suchomski

Marketing Coordinator

(865) 215-1473 or (865)215-1471


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