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Sumner County Fair moving to September

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This year's county fair will be held in September and will feature even bigger rides. FILE PHOTO

After being held in June for the last three years, the Sumner County Fair is moving to September, at least for the time being.

Organizers decided to part ways with the fair's former carnival provider and hire a new company earlier this year after learning of a scheduling issue that would have forced the fair to be held in May, according to fair board member Jimmy Moore.

As a result of the change, the 72nd annual event will take place Sept. 4-9 at the fairgrounds in Gallatin.

"When you book these things you have to book them a year or so ahead of time, so... those dates are all (the new carnival) had left," Moore said. "The weather won't be as hot as it would be in July and August and school won't be in session too long, so I don't think that will hurt us that bad. We'll just have to see how it goes."

While attendees will notice more rides that are also larger in size than in the past, organizers say no other changes are expected this year. The fair will still include the Fairest of the Fair, baby contest, bicycle races, dog shows and agricultural exhibits.

Approximately 10,000 people from Sumner County and surrounding areas attend each year.

"It is basically going to be the same (fair), but just a different date," said Tommy Womack, president of the fair board. "I think it will be a real good move. We'll be ready and mixed in between the state fair and the Wilson County Fair."

As for when the Sumner County Fair will be held in 2018, organizers say it all depends on how well this year's event does.

"If we have the biggest and best carnival we've ever had in September... we might probably try to do it again," Moore said. "We didn't have much of a choice (selecting the September date), but we're going to try this out and go from there."

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