History of the Trousdale County Fair
The Trousdale County Fair originated in 1955 as the Trousdale County Youth Fair, which was the brainchild of Clyde Webster, the County UT Extension Leader, along with Brown Draper, the Vocational Agriculture Teacher, and Mary Frances Purnell, the Vocational Home Economics Teacher. The fair was a collaborative effort among students in Trousdale County, including FFA, FHA, and 4-H members, parents, and community members who worked together to make it a success.
During its early years, the fair featured educational displays created by local community clubs and examples of student work related to farm and home projects, including farming, gardening, field crops, cooking, canning, and sewing. These exhibits were showcased in the Kate Wilson Gym, allowing students from both the elementary school and Trousdale County High School to tour the fair and view the displays.
In 2005, the fair’s operations were transferred from the University of Tennessee Extension Service to a group of community volunteers. Since then, the fair has experienced significant growth and has been recognized as a start award winner, receiving the Division-A Premier Fair award in 2018. Today, the Trousdale County Fair is a recognized 501©3 entity and is operated by a dedicated group of community representatives who strive for continuous improvement.