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Wilson County Fair is in full swing

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LEBANON, Tenn. -

The much anticipated Wilson County Fair kicked off in Lebanon Friday evening.

In anticipation of the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to flock to the area over the next nine days, a new entrance located on Highway 70 has been put in place to help ease traffic woes.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new entryway, which is the sixth into the annual fair, on Thursday evening.

"This has greatly enhanced our capability to move that traffic and keep the traffic from backing up on I-40 from both directions.  We'll be able to zip three or four lanes of traffic in here.  We've expanded the roads across the parking lot to handle that," explained Wilson County Fair Board President Hale Moss.

New exhibits at the fair this year will include a toy train set, as well as a special needs beauty pageant, and the usual games, rides and specialty foods.

On Saturday, the fair opened early for a special group. More than 1,500 special needs children got to ride the rides for free.

Michelle Hill with Empower Me Day Camp said, "We have certain rides opened up and a lot of our children can't manage some of the difficulties associated with the heat, as well as the loud crowds and the loud noises. So this allows those kids the opportunity to come on in and ride the rides for free."

Special needs day is a 15 year tradition at the fair, but they held a special needs beauty pageant for the first time this year.

It was an idea inspired by former "Fairest of the Fair Queen," Katie Dickson.

"I had a young lady with a disability come to me and tell me she wanted to be a princess just like me. It made me cry and touched my heart, so I developed the idea of celebrating a special needs beauty pageant," said Dickson.

It's an opportunity these children otherwise wouldn't have, giving these children memories that will last a lifetime.

The Wilson County Fair runs through August 24. Doors opened on Friday at 5 p.m.

Tickets at $7 for adults and $5 for children ages six to 12. Children under the age of five are admitted free.

The Music City Star will also be providing transportation to the fair on August 17 and August 24. Tickets must be purchased 48 hours ahead of time and include entry to the fair.

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For more information visit WilsonCountyFair.net.

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