Besides the rain, humidity and vacations, August also brings area residents the venerable and renowned Cumberland County Fair, Monday, Aug. 24, through Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Many know the fair is more than animal, plant, and food judging, and this article describes the wide-ranging events which promise visitors almost endless choices, including a midway with pageants, contests, live music, rides, entertainment, food, best-in-show judging contests, 4-H exhibits, and pet shows. Every effort is being made to make your visit both memorable and fun — and it can be educational and entertaining depending on your preferences and choices.

Begun 64 years ago, the Cumberland County Fair has evolved into an award winning event which now includes art and artisan skills of Cumberland Countians. So if your bent is exposure to fine arts-fine crafts exhibits and demonstrations, visit these in the Adult Education Building (follow signs). Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE) will be at the county fair with many fine art skills and interests to entice you. Many of these you may be seeing for the first time. “One of CACE’s purposes at the county fair is to provide live demonstrations of arts and crafts and encourage visitors to look at the wide variety and skill of Cumberland County residents,” says CACE President Sharron Eckert. CACE artisans are scheduled 10-to-10 each day of the show. Artisan demonstrations include various techniques of painting, quilting by hand and by machine, spinning and weaving, embroidery, basketry, beadwork, and more. The Crossville Carving Club is also scheduled to demonstrate and display woodcarving each day. The demonstrators will have information about their respective skills and organizations, but there will be no sales of any items. There is ample free parking. Admission is still only $4 for adults, $3 for children 12 to 6, and under 6, free. The Cumberland County Complex (fairgrounds) is at 1398 Livingston Road, near its intersection with West Ave. (Hwy. 70 North) in Crossville.

Information about CACE will be available at two tables in the Adult Education Building. Also at the tables will be containers for collecting gifts of art supplies and cash for CACE’s ongoing drive for teachers and students. Please bring your donations when you visit the County Fair. CACE is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered by the state of Tennessee. Check out membership and more by calling President Sharron Eckert, 277-5425 or visit their Web site at www.cumberlandart.com. The County Fair office may be reached at 484-9454.

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