How About Some
Cotton Candy, And
Fun, Daring Rides?
BY O.J. EARLY
Ronald Nave stood anxiously Wednesday evening after placing his order at one of the Greene County Fair's many food lines.
"It's not a fair without the food," said Nave, who had already downed a snow cone.
"Corndogs, cotton candy ... all the junk," he said with a grin.
For many fairgoers, like Nave, the annual journey to the county fair includes a ritual: chowing down on greasy food and taking in the rides the midway has to offer.
"We have had a great deal of positive comments about the carnival," said Bobby Holt, fair president. "They brought in a few new rides for us this year. We're really pleased with how these folks operate."
Jamie Gibson and her eight-year-old daughter, Aliyah, were enjoying the midway Wednesday evening.
"I think they have more of a variety this year," said Gibson. "They've been good."
Young Gabby Wood agreed after plummeting down a slide.
"It's really fun!" the eight-year-old said.
The fair's midway is being operated by Family Attractions Amusement Company, the carnival company that was at the fair last year.
The company boasts typical fair food -- corndogs, fresh lemonade, Italian and Polish sausage, cotton candy, ice cream and candy apples.
Specialty rides aren't in short supply either.
Names of some of the attractions include "Music Fest," "Ring of Fire," and the "Sea Ray."
Just as importantly, traditional fairgoers shouldn't fret -- the always-classic ferris wheel lights up the sky.
The 64th annual fair continues through Saturday.
Highlights today include:
* Baby show (classes 8-14 only) at 6 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Bank Pavilion;
* Corn bag toss tournament qualifying round at 7 p.m.;
* Mylee Doty with special guest Madison Metcalf at 7 p.m. on the main stage;
* ATV drags at 7 p.m. in the Jim Saulsbury Motorsport Arena;
* New Day performing at 9 p.m. in the Andrew Johnson Bank Pavilion; and
* WIKQ Youth Talent Contest at 9 p.m. on the main stage.
Wednesday's fair attendance was 5,239. That's up from the 4,119 on the same day last year.
"I think the poor weather earlier in the week kept people at home," said Cam Philbeck, the treasurer for this year's fair. "Last night was student night, and we had a big turnout for that."
Activities Wednesday included a rodeo, Little Miss Fairest of the Fair, a round of Greeneville's Greatest! and a performance by Saul Brooks.