If you have been following my articles here in the Tennessee Free Press, Facebook or on my website (shameless plug) www.antebellumproductions.info you know I LOVE Middle Tennessee. I enjoy the seasons, the people, the food, the community and even the traffic which, even at its worst, is better than Pinellas County, Florida.
The wonderful thing about having a part-time job, being a writer and semi-social media marketer is that I have time to give back to my new community. I have several groups or individuals I would do anything for… STAAR Theater, Maury County Library, Mayor James Bailey, Arts in Action, Tennessee Free Press and the Maury County Fair and Expo.
After many years of service the group of community leaders who had done the fair for so long dissolved their board. When John Kenley heard of this, he couldn’t think of not having a county fair, so he and a core group gathered together and created the Maury County Fair & Exposition non-profit to continue the Maury County Fair. The board’s vision is for the Maury County Fair to become a community effort to support this region’s deep agricultural roots. They’ve only just begun.
I joined this fantastic group of men and (last year one woman - this year we have three) women, and what a blast I have had! What started out as a just a couple of hours of research for my novel turned out to be a rip roaring time of carnival rides, cows, fried snickers, lemonade, music, beauty contests and motocross.
I have met some great people too. I got to meet Derek Cameron of Historic Productions - who rode around with me in a golf cart filming all over the park last year. I got to know Michelle Kenley who actually was my first contact and hooked me up to visit the board. She is active in the Friends of the Library and is short of a superhero to me. Steve Konz, Trustee for Maury County, who essentially is the treasurer and banker for Maury County government. He handles the receipts and invests virtually all the money of county government, including on behalf of the school system. I had the honor to meet Reilly Sloan who owns Sloan Ford because he was a huge sponsor last year. I was able to visit the GM plant, which is something I thought I would never do. I also visited the Kiwanis club - something else to check off my bucket list.
This year on Friday, August 23 from 1-3pm, the Fair is hosting a Special Needs Kids Day at the Fair. The carnival midway will open early, and we are working on bringing in lunch and some other surprises. Today I landed my first big sponsor, the Center for Dental Health on Hatcher Lane in Columbia! They will partner with us for this special event by providing toothbrushes and other goodies for the Special Needs Day. If you have a Special Kid in your life you can make reservations for this free event by calling 931-548-6257 and leaving the child’s name and reserving one spot for their parent or guardian or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fair welcomes sponsors, vendors and volunteers! Visit www.maurycountyfair.com, call 931-548-6257, find us on Facebook or email me if you are interested.