Everything you need to know to attend the Hawkins County Fair

Jeff Bobo • Sep 5, 2017 at 9:45 AM

CHURCH HILL — The first annual Hawkins County Fair this coming Friday and Saturday will feature two days of live music, good food, and traditional fun such as livestock and produce competitions and demonstrations.

But there are a few things you might need to know if you plan to attend, the most important of which is how to get there.

The newly-christened Hawkins County Fairgrounds is located on the 150-acre Camp Hope summer camp facilities owned and operated by Hope Community Church.

Camp Hope is located at 1069 Old Union Road just west of downtown Church Hill.

The easiest way to get there is to take Highway 11-W to the New Canton Road intersection in Church Hill. Turn north and take New Canton Road all the way to where it ends at Old Union Road.

Turn right on Old Union Road, and Camp Hope is about a half-mile on the right.

Here are some other things you need to know about the First Annual Hawkins County Fair:

— The History Channel’s Eustace Conway will appear at the fairgrounds amphitheater Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and will have a booth throughout the day where he will meet with the public.

— The fair hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. both days. On Friday morning and early afternoon, organizers expect a lot of school buses and schoolchildren to arrive for a field trip. There will also be numerous craft booths, displays and demonstrations going on throughout both days in addition to the scheduled music, dancing  and special events.

— Parking attendants will be on hand to show you where to park. Let them know if you need handicapped parking, and they will point you in the right direction.

— Free admission. There is no cost to enter the fair, but there will be several food trucks and food vendors selling snacks, drinks, and full meals.

— Bring a lawn chair. There are a few benches at the amphitheater, but for the most part there is no in-house seating. Also, the fair will take place rain or shine, so if the forecast looks wet, you might want to bring an umbrella. There is, however, a covered dining area with picnic tables.

— Both days will begin at 9 a.m. with local Boy Scouts raising the flag and prayer at the flag pole. Live music begins at the amphitheater at 9:30 a.m. Friday and continues until the festival closes for the day at 9 p.m. The main event Friday is a horse show, which begins at 5 p.m.

— Among Saturday’s events are chicken judging at 11 a.m., goat judging at 2:30 p.m. and cattle judging at 3:30 p.m.

— For anyone planning on showing chickens, the USDA will be at Camp Hope on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to perform the free blood tests on the poultry.

— A tractor parade through the fairgrounds will feature the Volunteer High School marching band beginning at 2 p.m.

— There will be dancing performances at the amphitheater Saturday by the Tri-Cities Square Dancers at 10:30 a.m., the Tennessee Hoedowners at 12:30 p.m. and the Foot Hill Cloggers at 2:30 p.m.

— Live music will include country, bluegrass and gospel performances on both days, and there will be an Elvis Tribute performance Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. The headliner at the amphitheater Saturday evening is Elevation 1255, which plays bluegrass and country, and will begin performing following the Elvis tribute.

— For more information, check out the Hawkins County Fair Facebook page.