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May 28, 2024

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New Fun at State Fair

Monster trucks and live butterfly feeding lead the way in new fun at this year's fair!

Ten days of thrills, competitions, shows, rides and other family fun are coming Sept. 7 – 16 during the 2018 Tennessee State Fair. This year’s theme is “The Heart of Tennessee.”

The midway boasts 30 rides, 14 of which are in the “kid” category suitable for youngsters.

Four free kid competitions take place at this year’s fair: Ice Cream Eating (ages 6 – 12; Sat – Sun at 1:30 p.m.); Potato Sack Races (ages 4 – 12; Sundays; time TBA); Hula Hooping (ages 4 – 12; Sat – Sun 6 p.m.); and Kids’ Tractor Pull (ages 4 – 12; Sat 5 p.m.).


A couple of new attractions for 2018 worthy of a mention: The Music City Monster Mayhem monster truck show promises to rev up your family Sept. 7 – 8. It’s at 8 p.m. each night, and the $10 – $15 tickets include admission to the fair.

Nature-loving children will want to make their way to the Davidson County 4-H Live Butterflies exhibit. Here, you can interact with winged beauties native to Tennessee, and kids are sure to have fun feeding them nectar from a stick. The exhibit is open daily until 10 p.m.

At the website, you can also find all of the entertainment, contests, pageants and other happenings. The site makes it easy to get to the free stuff this year. There are more than 15 free attractions happening throughout the week like the racing pigs, Festival of Nations shows, barnyard animals, the Tiny Acres farming area for little kids and more.

Located at The Fairgrounds (500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville), fair hours are Mon – Thu 5 – 11 p.m., Fri 5 – 11:30 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., Sun 12 – 11 p.m. On-site admission is $8 adults, $6 ages 3 – 17, free ages 2 & younger. Unlimited ride wristbands are $25. Find discounts in advance online.

Call 615-800-3675 or visit

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