BY O.J. EARLY
The Greene County Fair is a pretty fun place to go, according to Scott Jones, one of the stars of the History Channel's hit reality television show, Counting Cars.
"They have prizes for everything," said a smiling Jones, known normally for his hard-hitting, no-nonsense style as shop manger of Count Kustoms in Las Vegas.
"I've never actually been to a fair before, so I'm really enjoying myself."
Jones, who used to work at Kykers Extreme Automotive in Greeneville, joined several of his former co-workers at the fair Tuesday.
He was keeping a low-profile, signing autographs, chatting with fans and handing out a few t-shirts before the Meade Tractor-sponsored tractor pull in the Jim Saulsbury Motorsports Arena.
As always, the Las Vegas mover-and-shaker had nothing but great things to say about his former home.
"All the things I love about Greeneville, I've got to see at the fair this week," Jones said. "This is just a little something just to say hello to everyone."
Jones will be at the fair the rest of the week. He'll take a more active role in conjunction with the Demolition Derby on Friday and Saturday.
"The fair is really a neat little thing," he said. "Too bad it only comes around once a year."
FAIR CONTINUES TODAY
The fair, now in its 64th year, continues today.
"We're expecting better weather the rest of the week, and we still have a lot of great events planned," said Cam Philbeck, the treasurer for this year's fair. "The rodeo is tonight, and that's always a great event."
Wednesday is Students Night, and all students will be admitted at $5, he said.
Events today include:
* A wool and woolies revue at 2:30 p.m.
* Junior sheep and dairy show at 3:30 p.m.
* Little Miss Fairest of the Fair at 6:30 p.m. on the main stage
* Corn bag toss tournament qualifying round at 7 p.m.
* Greeneville's Greatest! at 7 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Bank Pavilion.
* Saul Brooks at 9 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Bank Pavilion.
Tuesday's attendance was 2,264, down from 3,487 on the same night last year.
"The rain seemed to keep everyone away last night," Philbeck said.
Still, those in attendance had plenty to do.
An Open Dairy Show was at 1 p.m. The first of many baby shows was 6 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Bank Pavilion.
The Meade Tractor-sponsored tractor pull happened at 6:30 p.m. in the Jim Saulsbury Motorsports Arena. A corn bag toss tournament qualifying round took place at 7 p.m.
The group Ricochet, a country band, performed on the main stage at 8 p.m.
And Living Testament, a Brown Springs Baptist Church Christian band, played at the Andrew Johnson Bank Pavilion at 9 p.m.