Hamilton County Fair cancelled

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – The reboot of the Hamilton County Fair has hit a snag, and it’s name is Ian.

County officials on Wednesday announced they are cancelling the two day event scheduled for this weekend.

Predicted rain from Hurricane Ian proved it’s undoing.

“The possibility of inclement weather has caused many vendors, exhibitors and attractions to withdraw from participating in the Hamilton County Fair, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at McDonald Farm. We regret having to cancel this year’s Fair, but the annual Hamilton County Fair will be back better than ever next year at McDonald Farm.”

The fair was moving “inland” after 30 years at Chester Frost Park.

The Chester Frost fairs drew large crowds, but parking was always a major issue.

The plan was to move it to the new, rural property that the county bought last year near the Rhea County line.

It was going to be a scaled back fair this year, because of limitations at the new site.

But the future looks much brighter.

They should be able to expand amenities to feature a music venue and full-scale midway.

Officials have said they wanted to return the fair to its ag roots, featuring more livestock competitions.

But that, now, will have to wait until 2023.

 

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