106th annual Tennessee State Fair underway - WKRN News 2

106th annual Tennessee State Fair underway

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The 106th annual Tennessee State Fair kicked off Friday evening at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds located at Wedgewood Avenue and Nolensville Pike.

The event was once one of the biggest events in the state, though the fair has struggled with attendance and the possibility of losing its home in recent years.

In 2010, a redevelopment plan for the 117-acre property would have forced the fair to move from its current location.

After a major public outcry, the mayor decided to change his plans.

Fair officials told Nashville's News 2 they believe the previous controversy surrounding the fair's future led to a participation increase this year.

"Our participation with our entries is up 25% so we're having participation from other counties that we've never really had before," explained spokesperson Katie Radel. 

Attendees will be able to try their luck at games and rides, or view livestock among other exhibits.

"We have a green exhibit which highlights sustainable living practices and of course your traditional food fair and fun," Radel said.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children at the gate. Children two and under are admitted for free.

Discounted tickets can be purchased online at TNStateFair.org.

The fair runs through September 16.

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