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A FAIR reason to be proud
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A large group of Warren County fair volunteers attended the state convention. They are, first row from left, Denton Helton, Steve Helton, Adrianna Helton, Brian Scott, Jeff Carter, Kenneth Medlen, Fairest of the Fair Emily Pennington, Wayne Davenport, Joe Clark, Jenny Kelsey and Marla Cantrell. Second row, Steven Helton, Hillary Helton, Susan Burks, Jennifer Carter, Jewell Medlen, Justin Rich, Nate Harris, Chrystal Patton, Russell Clayborne, Kevin Wilson, Kellie Partin, Beckee Bell.

It’s been 36 years in the making, but Warren County A&L Fair has been awarded the title of Champion of Champions. The prestigious title was announced Saturday night at the 97th Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention in Nashville.

A very excited entourage of Warren countians took pride in the award, saying hard work and dedication pays off.

“We are very glad and excited,” said fair president Kenneth Medlen. “This award represents a team effort and we appreciate all the support we get from our county government and the residents. Hopefully we won’t have to wait 36 years to get it again.”

The fair earned the AA division State Championship Award at last year’s convention, and beat out the other division winners, Bledsoe and Wilson counties, at this convention. By receiving the honor, Warren County A&L Fair will not be in competition again until 2020.

“We will get to rest a year, give someone else a chance,” said Medlen. “We are going to work as hard as we ever have, but we will be giving a presentation at the convention about how we became a Champion of Champions fair.”  

According to archives, Warren County was recognized as the Champion fair in 1982, 1968 and 1961, with several other awards along the way.

Another highlight of the convention was the Tennessee Fairest of the Fair event, with local contestant Emily Faith Pennington taking the top prize. She emerged from a field of 54 beauties, wowing judges with her glamour and poise, as well as her interview skills.  

“Emily is a very lovely girl and so well-spoken,” said Medlen. “I heard so many compliments about her, not just from people in the pageant area. She represented us very well and are so proud for her and her family.” 

Warren County A&L Fair treasurer Marla Cantrell is thrilled with the results at the convention.

“We wanted it, but were also a little shocked to be named champion,” said Cantrell. “We are proud of everyone who makes the fair possible, from the board to the many volunteers. Emily is an all-around winner. She is a great young lady who will go far.” 

According to Cantrell, Warren County also picked up a few more awards in other categories of competition. 

In the recycled/ refurbished product category, Warren County earned third place, in the promotional products category third place, in the fair photograph category second place, for the Pick TN Product display third place.

Medlen says plans will be made for the Sept. 6-14 fair at a meeting to take place in early February. 

“Maintenance is at the top of the list of things to do,” said Medlen. “We have some repairs to make to some buildings, and are looking forward to the completion of the Tennessee Wildlife building.” 

The public is invited to attend the meeting with volunteers always needed.

“Yes, I encourage anyone interested in being part of the fair to join us. You don’t have to be a fair board member to volunteer,” said Medlen. “If you are a hard worker, we will find a place for you.”

The meeting date has not been set, but more information can be obtained by calling Medlen at 931-205 5384 or Cantrell at 939-3975.