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Buckle up, the Appalachian Fair is back in town

Jessica Fuller, Johnson City Press • Aug 20, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Break out the watermelons, grab a deep-fried Twinkie and get ready for some “Farm Fresh Family Fun” at the 92nd year of the Appalachian Fair this week.

From canning competitions to carnival rides to the monster trucks dominating the Demolition Derby, the Appalachian Fair is pulling all the stops and preparing for 250,000 visitors from across the region to trail through the fairgrounds throughout the week checking out the craft shows, catching one of the concerts or talent competition, or just looking for their next thrill at the carnival.

“We’ve been working the past couple of weeks to finish everything up, but right now is the time it all comes together,” Manager Phil Booher said last week while the final touches were sprouting up over the fairgrounds.

What began almost a century ago as a small community gathering has grown into the lively leviathan that attracts thousands during its weeklong run today, planting memories in fair guests of all ages for decades. Today kicks of a week of entertainment and exhibits that make up one of the busiest weeks for the region.

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