Rhea County Fair

The highly-anticipated rodeo returns on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Rhea County Fairgrounds

The Rhea County Fair begins is officially underway, and this year’s events feature classic favorites as well as some new events.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, entrance to the Rhea County Fairgrounds in Evensville was free, with the annual Fairest of the Fair pageant and open cattle show highlighting the festivities.

Events resume on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with another day of free admission. The opening ceremony for the Rhea County Fair, complete with tractor parade begins at 5 p.m., followed by the 4H poultry show and sale at 5:30 p.m. inside the main barn. The Womanless Pageant concludes Tuesday’s festivities, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, is Senior Day at the fair, and free admission is sponsored by Rhea Medical Center. Senior Day runs from 10 a.m to 1 p.m., and according to fair officials, will feature a health fair, free lunch, bingo, door prizes and music. A gospel music singing on the main stage concludes the day’s events and begins at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, free admission is sponsored by Santek Waste Services, and events kick off at 4 p.m. with a rabbit and open chicken show at the red barn. The annual hog show is set for 6 p.m. at the main barn, and the Our Fair Lady Contest also begins at 6 p.m. at the main stage.

On Friday, Aug. 9, admission to the Rhea County Fair is $13 for visitors 13 and older, $3 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for those under 4-years-old. The Master Gardener Building Exhibit opens at 4 p.m., beginning the day’s events. Rabbit and chicken show judging will take place at the red barn, beginning at 5 p.m. and a market lamb show also begins at 5 p.m. in the main barn. At 7:45 p.m., the tractor parade will take place at the arena with the rodeo kicking off at 8 p.m., also in the arena.

Admission to the Rhea County Fair is also $13 for visitors 13 and older, $3 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for those under 4-years-old on Saturday, Aug. 10, and the day is full of events. From 9 a.m. to noon, a car show will be held in the parking lot of Rhea Middle School, and the annual Lanny Mauldin Chili Cook-Off begins at 9 a.m. near the concession stand, with judging set for noon.

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, the fair will host an open horse show tournament, and registration for the Barnyard Cuties Pageant begins at 10 a.m., with the pageant slated to begin at 11 a.m. There is a $10 entry fee for the pageant, and it is open to boys and girls ages 10 and under. No pageant wear is allowed as contestants are encouraged to wear their best boots, belt buckles and blue jeans or even wear an animal costume.

Beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, is the Mini Mud Bog, which is open to children 7-years-old and younger. The annual cornhole tournament also begins at 1 p.m. From 2 to 4 p.m., the fair will host an open mud bog, and the fair’s annual pet show begins at 3 p.m. on the main stage.

A mother/daughter pageant will be held at 4 p.m., with registration beginning at 3 p.m. Even organizers said there is no age limit, and no pageant wear is allowed. Instead, organizers encourage participants to dress in their Sunday best or “country casual.”

Saturday will also feature a magic show by magician Nick Roberts with two shows set for 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Like on Friday, a tractor parade will precede the rodeo and begins at 7:45 p.m. with the rodeo immediately following at 8 p.m.

For more information on the Rhea County Fair, visit www.rheacountyfair.com.