The Foothills Fair was honored with a plaque as recognition for being selected as first runner-up in the AAA Fair Division 2012 Merit Award Competition.
The plaque was presented to Alford by Julius T. Johnson, Tennessee commissioner of agriculture. The “Certificate of Merit” was presented to Alford by Joe Gaines, assistant commissioner of marketing and development.
Tennessee fairs with AAA classification have a population of 100,000 in their county.
Sixteen Tennessee fairs meet the requirements for that classification. In 2012 those 16 AAA fairs registered more than 1.8 million visitors. There are 22 state fairs in the AA division and 23 in the A division. All Tennessee fairs combined have more than 3,000,000 visitors each year!
Bradley County went without a country fair for 35 years before local and area Ruritan Clubs joined together to bring the “country atmosphere of an old-fashioned country fair” in 2013.
Since that first year, the fair board has worked to present a family-style fair to the area. The fair will celebrate its 10th anniversary July 25 through 27 at Tri-State Exhibition Center.
In 2012, the Kansas City Barbeque Society voted to allow the Foothills Country Fair to host a state BBQ championship competition. Sixty KCBS teams and 20 amateur teams competed for prizes, awards, and bragging rights. The fair board is excited to announce that KCBS is coming back this year.