One of the best things about August and the glide toward the end of summer is the glorious Wilson County Fair. It’s the longest-running county fair in Middle Tennessee and the biggest. It’s even bigger for 2019. This year boasts the largest Midway ever with a whopping 52 rides, including 23 Kiddie Rides (new this year are the Mini Carousel and Mini Tea Cups), 15 Major Rides, five Spectacular Rides and nine Super Spectacular Rides (the latter for the extreme thrill seekers in your brood).

NEW THIS YEAR

Kids ages 4 - 7 weighing less than 60 pounds can ride a sheep rodeo style during mutton busting competitions. They take place six times daily and cost $10 to enter.

Also new this year is the Eudora Farms interactive animal adventure. Kids can get up close and personal with a variety of animals from antelope to zebra. Feed a giraffe, visit Parakeet Mansion and ride a camel. Education is a key component to this attraction.

MORE FAMILY FUN

The fair has a lot of livestock shows, carnival games, live entertainment and killer food. Kids Night is Thursday, Aug. 22. Ages 3 - 8 can compete in the battery power ride toy race, and there's also a pedal push tractor toy race. There’s truly something for everyone in your family.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. Sat, 12 p.m. Sun. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger. Season passes are $45. The $25 Mega Ticket includes gate admission an unlimited ride armband (must purchase by Aug. 15).

The fair takes place at the James E. Ward Ag Center (945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon). Call 615-443-2626 or visit wilsoncountyfair.net.