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Tennessee State Fair
Genre State fair
Dates Mid-September
Location(s) Nashville, Tennessee
Years active 1855–1860; 1866–1871; 1906–1941; 1946–1964, 1966–1969, 1971–2019; 2021–
Attendance Approx. 105,000

The Tennessee State Fair is an annual state fair, held in Nashville, Tennessee. The fair is generally held in the second week of September, as well as the weekends surrounding it. The fair regularly has attendance over 200,000 people per year. The Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission has granted the Tennessee State Fair to the non-profit organization Tennessee State Fair Association through 2018.


The first Tennessee State Fair was held in 1855, but only lasted a few years. The property where the old fairs were held on was later used for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and has since become known as Centennial Park.

In March 2019, the Tennessee State Fair Commission voted to move the fair from the Nashville Fairgrounds after 2019 over space concerns at the site after the site is re-developed for Nashville Fairgrounds Stadium for the upcoming Nashville SC of Major League Soccer. Concerns included parking, location for the carnival and midway, and adequate space and facilities for farm animal and agricultural exhibitions. A new fair site has not been determined and Metropolitan Board maintains that the fair can return.

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