Gray, TN

Appalachian Fair Opens with Acres of Fun Next Week at the Fairgrounds in Gray, Tennessee

John M. Dabbs

96th year of Appalachian Fair

Excitement is on the horizon with the upcoming Appalachian Fair. The 2022 Fair runs from August 22-27. Our own Appalachian Fair is one of the longest-running fairs in the nation, establishing itself as the second largest fair in the state of Tennessee.


Carnival rides vendor James H. Drew Exposition returns this year with daily ride specials:

  • Monday through Thursday (August 22 – 25) Unlimited Rides for $20 each
  • Friday (August 26) – Unlimited Rides for $25 each
  • Saturday (August 27) – All rides are free from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Saturday (August 27) - Unlimited Rides 11 a.m. - close for $30 each


Two of the more popular attractions at the fair are the Barnyard Nursery & the Tennessee Wildlife Exhibit, where fairgoers can see animals live and in person. Everything from donkeys to ducks, fish to turtles, and wild animals in their "natural habitat". The Museum Building has evolved so make time to visit the ‘country store’ and watch the many artisans at work.

Judges at the fair will be awarding both ribbons and premiums all week to exhibitors of sheep, beef, and dairy cattle in the Livestock Barns.


The Farm & Home Building located in the middle of the fairgrounds is home to competitive exhibits involving cooking competitions, canned goods, field crops, needlework, photography, and much more.

Youth competitions are coordinated through 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, and CTE groups throughout the Appalachian Highlands region. Each group competes for ribbons, prize money, and scholarships!

“With everything offered here at the fair, for a ten-dollar admission ticket, it really is a fantastic bargain to come to the fair! We offer exhibits, livestock, the James H. Drew Exposition, the hottest country music, contemporary Christian music acts, Demolition Derby, the Fairest of the Fair, Little Miss pageant, and Talent & Dance competitions just to name a few... you have eighty acres of something that appeals to everyone!” - Rick Storey, President, Appalachian Fair


This year's great entertainment line-up for the Fair's 96th year includes:

Advance tickets for reserved show seats, season passes, general admission, ride tickets, and parking are on sale now. You can buy them online at

Questions about tickets and other purchase options should call the Fair office at (423) 477-1420.

You can find a complete schedule of events, contest requirements, and more at For more information, contact the fairgrounds at (423) 477-3211 or e-mail them at

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