Jan. 29– If you attended the 2014 Hardin County Agricultural Fair, event organizers would like you to give yourself a little pat on the back.
The fair, a week-long extravaganza of rides, food and fun for Hardin County, was recently named the Tennessee State Fair champion for Division 2A by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, besting 19 other entrants in the division.
A big reason for the prestigious award is the increase in attendance that the fair has achieved in recent years. Attendance increased 18 percent from 2013 to 2014 and doubled in attendance from two years ago.
“We thank each and every person who came to last year’s fair. Attendance is something that is heavily considered in judging,” said fair board Secretary Shelly Stricklin. “We were able to raise our attendance at a time that overall fair attendance across the state was down.”
Much of the success of the of the Hardin County fair rests on the shoulders of the 150-plus volunteers giving their time to make sure the event goes off without a hitch.
“We have a great group of volunteers who are unselfish with their time,” said fair board member Shelia Bomar.
State fair judges consider a myriad of factors before crowning a champion and look back as far as three years to examine steady growth in attendance, community participation, promotion of agriculture and new events as well as revenue improvements.